In Reply to: I'm sure they'd take you... posted by Rudy on October 04, 1999 at 14:58:11:
: There is a huge amount of research on speed/accident correlation and there is absolutely no evidence that greater speed on highways (given good conditions) increases your chances of an accident. And besides 100mph is really not that fast. Where our cars come from that is average cruising speed with many cars doing much, much more. People need to realize that speed doesn't "kill", stupid and/or untrained drivers kill. Put me in a dangerous situation with a European driver doing 100mph in a BMW over an untrained american in a Pontiac at 55mph any day. And believe me I am not into taking unnecessary risk. So wake up and realize that our speed limits are ridiculous and we need to start taking a serious look out our driver training system. All (I think) countries except for the US require people to go through some sort of formal driving instruction before getting a license. And how can anyone find that a 16 year old driving is reasonable while restricting mature, proficient drivers to 55mph??? This is just lunacy and you have to know it.
If our highways and freeways were designed to carry traffic at >= 100 mph (some are, most are not) AND if the flow of traffic around you is >= 100 mph (it never is in the USA) AND if the drivers around you are all driving vehicles that are equipped for that speed (they are not in the USA) AND if the drivers around you are all trained to drive at that speed (they are not in the USA) AND if all of the drivers on the road have fast reaction times (they are not intoxicated or > 60 years old), then 100 mph would be a reasonable speed to travel.
I don't care how fast you drive when you are on a track. I do care how fast you drive on the highways where my wife and kids travel. When you get a little older, you will learn that other people's lives matter at least as much as yours does. I just hope that you don't have to learn the hard way.