simonineaston wrote:Never understood our relationship with car performance and the legal requirement to obey speed limits. Seems to me that the message is clear - that laws are only there to be be broken. Even my modest car can potentially travel at twice the legal limit and if it weren't for its computer, is quite difficult to keep it below (say) the national limit on a motorway...
and yet, among my fondest driving memories are the mornings I swooshed along the M6, between Lancaster & Penrith, in cars like the Toyota MR2 or Mazda's MX5 *, at what I shall refer to as immodest speeds, around dawn, with no other car in sight...
* which, by today's standards of course, are "pathetically underpowered".
And understanding the psychology is crucial to making progress.
Lots of people like driving powerful cars.
And many people have never and will never directly experience a death or serious injury in eg a close relative or friend that was caused by exceeding the speed limit. Fortunately we have evidence-based methods so that we can understand what's happening without them needing to.