Posted by Lorenz on February 17, 1999 at 21:53:07:
In Reply to: How fast? posted by Alan M. on February 17, 1999 at 20:31:31:
In my opinion, going faster than 100 mph can be perfectly reasonable and safe, even in the US, under the right circumstances:
1) The road you're on can handle the speed, i.e. it's smooth, fairly straight, dry, etc. Don't do 100 on a twisty, wet, pothole-ridden, unpaved road in a snowstorm. I-5 from San Francisco to LA is fine, though.
2) The car is up to it. You're driving a BMW -- need I say more? Don't try this in a Chevy Caprice, kids.
3) The driver is up to it. Don't be falling asleep, drunk, eating a burger/drinking your coffee/soda, gabbing on the phone or to your girlfriend/wife sitting next to you, reading the paper, etc. Pay attention to the road and traffic.
From driving in Germany, I'm in the habit of always checking my rear view mirrors for faster traffic, no matter how fast I'm going. Sooner or later, there'll be a pair of headlights coming from behind going faster than you are, and when they do, you ought to move over. That's what I expect people to do when I come up from behind, and it's what I do when cars approach me.
I always find it amusing to hear people argue that they're safe drivers because they drive slowly. BS! If you're not a confident driver who's paying attention and driving a roadworthy car, it doesn't matter how slowly you're driving -- you're a hazard to others! OTOH, if you're doing 120-130 on some rural interstate and you know the road, the car, and your own limits, you're a safe driver as far as I'm concerned...
Just my 2 cents worth.