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Originally Posted by Martsby View Post

I think I will just keep my life simple and drive at the speed limit !! It seems a lot less hassle to me.

Speeding is ONLY good for one thing --------- it gets you to the back of the next queue of traffic quicker than everyone else !

You then get even more stressed out about the amount of traffic there is on the road as well as the speed camera’s.

Oh my, what a state we are all in !
When it comes to motorway driving, sticking to the speed limit has its irritations too. You get all of the muppets who insist on repeatedly overtaking you and dropping back (or worse still, drawing level with you, dropping to your exact speed and then boxing you in behind an HGV.) You get the tailgaters when you have the front to pull out into the outside lane to overtake something that's doing 60 in the middle one. And try sticking to 40 in the middle lane on a stretch of 40mph roadworks, and you can almost guarantee that you'll have an artic hanging six inches from your back bumper trying to bully you into pulling over, even though you are still overtaking traffic in the inside lane.

Also, on a clear stretch of motorway, the faster you go,the sooner you'll get there. You can cover 280 miles in four hours at 70mph. Tweak your speed up to 80 and you'll save yourself half an hour. If that means getting home before rush hour starts (and it often does for me) then it can save you even more time.

Granted, on a congested stretch of motorway, sometimes the easiest thing to do is pick a speed of 70 or less and try to stick to that. Trying to go faster and failing can be rather frustrating.
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Look in todays Sun newspaper for a great way to get rid of speed cameras
You mean this;

The Sun Online - News: Crash wrecks £40k Gatso

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That's ridiculous. No proof that it was anything other than a genuine accident! ¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤! Anybody who's been past the station in Buxton will know that in order to get up enough momentum to flatten a Gatso and carry it 30 feet down the road he must have been going some! To be fair, he wouldn't get much stopping power out of the front wheels, but come on!
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I don't think I have seen a speed camera on a bit of open motorway. They only tend to be where there are speed limits in urban area's and around roadwork’s.

My point was where there is a defined speed limit - 20, 30, 40, 50 then it’s simpler to just stick to the speed limit and I think you will find that my rule works every time because this is were the congestion is, also your multiplier rule does not work in these instance (e.g. 10 miles at 30mph is 20 mins, 10 miles in a 30mph zone at 45 saves you about 5 to 6 mins at best on a clear run). These are the environments the speed camera’s are in.

Also, I think you are deluding yourself if you think your average speed over a whole 280 mile journey from door to door is 70 mph. To get an average speed of 80 MPH on an average 280 mile journey from door to door with 5 or 10 miles of urban travel at each end would mean you would have to be doing well over 100 on some sections of the route . I find it hard to get averages over 60 MPH on such journeys even when I have been “tonking on a bit” in between - fuel computers are wonderful things they really do make you take a fresh look at you driving habits particularly when you check your averages.

I have been driving for 25 year and in the days before speed camera have done virtually every speed you can imagine (in a standard road car) and this is just experience talking. By driving fast you just think you are getting there hours before everyone else when in fact its only minutes at best, hit a bit of congestion and everyone arrives together – the only difference then is the number of points on your licence.
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