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Originally Posted by HarryMann View Post
Always think the constantly changing speed limits like that when road width stays same is very naughty and often counterproductive.. attention should be focused on traffic and hazaerds, not arbitrary speed recommendations (which they really are!)...
Authorities should attempt to resist pressure to make constant switches to limits along short stretches, should spend and re-engineer the road/access points. Its usually due to other roads joining...
One cannot legislate for every yard of road, handling hazards and driving appropriately is just not a matter of speed.. how many have forgotten or don't know the rule... speed for the hazard - gear for the speed.

Few have the slightest clue what this really means... if there is no joining traffic or pedestrian hazard (e.g. at night), then speed should remain substantially the same but with heightened caution and possibly covering the brakes (but not actually braking), to avoid creating a constant speed changing hazard.
Ditto T.E.D. when overtaking... (minimise Time Exposed to Danger)... a concept that the advent of powerful cars has rendered long forgotten in driving instruction (it would appear)... sit back, read the road, wait for a suitable gap and make sure you are travelling a lot faster than the car in front as you go past due to early decision making Vs what seems the norm today, sit up the back of leading car, obstruct your view badly, pull out with no excess speed and 'hope' your acceelartion will get you past in time... how many times have I seen near write-offs and head-ons due to this crazy approach to overtaking.

While I'm banging on another one that has become dreadful today... actually steering the car properly, handling the steering wheel, if you walk a lot and watch so many drivers are effectively at their limits of steering wheel travel with hands (even hand) swinging around uselessly when they should have hands at 10 to 2 and ready to correct/change the steering at a moments notice - quite dreadful when they've often just passed a driving test... all due to modern power steering and the fact that driving instruction and testing does not hammer home constantly to the the new driver ' you are in charge of 2 tons of lethal weapon' - it's not just a device for getting you from A to B, its soemthing that you need to be focused on adn fully in charge of at all times!
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