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Why 40 mph ?

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Topic: Why 40 mph ?
Posted By: 423zero
Subject: Why 40 mph ?
Date Posted: 31 Aug 20 at 11:38am
What is it about 40 mph ? I have been driving mainly on single carriage roads this weekend, constantly stuck behind elderly people tootling along at 40, even braking at bends you could go round at 60, why do they then accelerate like formula 1 drivers when there is a chance to overtake ?
Should be treated the same has speeding, just has dangerous.


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Robert



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Posted By: patj
Date Posted: 31 Aug 20 at 12:25pm
Congratulations, you've discovered British rural A roads. If they're behind you they rush up close on the straights but you leave them miles behind after a bend. They've certainly never heard of our mantra "Change down, keep power on" to go round a bend. 


Posted By: JimC
Date Posted: 31 Aug 20 at 12:27pm
As you will find out as you age, if your reaction time is not what it once was, then going slower round bends than you would have done in youth is reasonable. Accelerating up to the speed you would previously have driven at when the road is clear is also reasonable. And if you have someone impatient behind you then you're going to want to go fast when you can to delay them as little as possible.

However good manners also requires you to let people behind you who want to travel faster past you at the earliest opportunity. The lack of such good manners is widespread and found in drivers of all ages. There are no blue flags on the A281!


Posted By: Rupert
Date Posted: 31 Aug 20 at 5:16pm
My bugbear is being stuck behind the 40mph person, then reaching a 30 zone and they carry on at 40. It's like there is no awareness at all.

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Firefly 2324, Lightning 130, Puffin 229, Minisail 3446


Posted By: 423zero
Date Posted: 31 Aug 20 at 5:25pm
Probably got cruise control on.

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Robert


Posted By: Rupert
Date Posted: 31 Aug 20 at 6:28pm
What, on a 2003 Rover 200?!

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Firefly 2324, Lightning 130, Puffin 229, Minisail 3446


Posted By: 423zero
Date Posted: 31 Aug 20 at 6:47pm
My wife believes they are looking at kph good point really 40 is roughly 60 kph.

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Robert



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