Slow Down, Please.

Really, we should all stick to the speed limit, and drive safely. But there are still people who insist on pushing matters, and  the hard fact of the matter is that most people who drive fast shouldn't. To some extent, I fit in that category, and that is just one reason I drive like a normal person these days. 

That said, there is still nothing quite like the thrill of setting up your driving lines for a series of open curves; hitting the apex perfectly or deliberately stepping the tail out on your favourite corners; heel-toe in full flight. And then there's getting crossed up on a loose surface, or handbraking it through the tight stuff.

To be sure *nobody* should be driving like this on open, public roads. Do it at the track, or on rally days, or on private property at your own risk.

But, as this is the Experience Project, I must confess that I have done most of my Too Fast Driving on public roads. Naughty naughty.

One thing I will say, unless you at the very least know how to correct for understeer and oversteer, you have no business driving fast, because you just don't have the skills.
TheTardyDodo TheTardyDodo
31-35, M
4 Responses Jul 8, 2007

TD I would agree with you except who has access to a track, really? Your points on knowing how to drive are well taken. <br />
@-Marcus; Driving is a social thing... doing 5 miles under in urban setting will cause an accident. One has to live in the environment and dance the dance thats playing.

While we're at it, Tardy, an elementary physics lesson for everyone:<br />
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f=ma<br />
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Or, force equals the mass of the car times its speed of acceleration.<br />
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It pretty much goes to show that the faster you're going, if you HIT something, whether it be a stationary ob<x>ject, or (horrors) another moving one, the bigger the risk you take, because the forces that will throw you around inside of that metal box will be that much more brutal...<br />
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In the two car accidents I've been in, both happened when I was going VERY slow. <br />
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Thankfully, all I got from both was fairly mild whiplash and nothing that a few extra sessions at a chiropractor couldn't help correct.<br />
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I shudder to think what would have happened if I WAS going fast in those cases. <br />
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Likely would have been paralyzed, or dead.<br />
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Given that most Canadians take great delight at thumbing their nose at the speed limit (most make a habit of cruising at least 10 kms ABOVE it on roads, on highways they tend to go completely off their wheel, if not their trolley) it might actually make some sense for people to umm, FOLLOW it every once in a while?<br />
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In the USA, I've always made a habit of doing at least 5 MPH LESS than the posted limit, or right ON the limit, just in case I got scanned by a state trooper, though people should be just doing these things anyway, just for their own safety...

yeah... everybody should stick to the speedlimit.....<br />
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.... that's why I love the German Autobahn so much >;-p

i've found the vast majority who indulge in driving beyond the speed limits are those who most definitely do not have the skills. those who have the skill no better ... they tend to take it out on the country roads etc. - not unlike myself! ;-)