Posted by ab on February 18, 1999 at 08:21:12:
In Reply to: Speed is relative... posted by Lorenz on February 17, 1999 at 21:53:07:
I ddo not consider riding somebody's ass safe driving!
: 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.