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post #16 of 73
I've been pretty fast around mallory park in a D-Type and a DB-6 but I'd obviously never exceed the speed limit on the queen's highway...;-) I try to drive smoothly whilst making rapid progress rather than 'driving fast', but given the right combination of weather, visibility and country lanes I've been known to put the wind up some passengers... Ohh - and I think my average speed in the smoke is closer to 4 than 40. :-) Gaz -x-
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(Joe G @ 20 July 2004, 06:06)
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Originally Posted by kalra2411,19 July 2004, 12:09
I am mental on the roads. My average speed on the motorway is about 110mph. Average speed on Park Lane, 80mph (albeit late at night) Average speed on London roads 40-60 mph, you cannot get away with going any faster than that, too many speed cameras, and the problem in England is that you do not just get a fine, if you keep speeding thy ban you from driving. The longest distance is from Calcutta to Bangkok, boy that was a jaunt. The roads are terrible in Myanmar and Bangladesh, you cannot do more than 90mph, unless you want to hit the roof, literaly, India and Thailand are pretty good for roads though. I never tailgate, but I do sometimes use the hard-shoulder to get through. Wait, I suppose I do tailgate, if you count flashing the car in front from long distance.
Riiight. I've never ever seen traffic move at 40mph in the City, or even close to that velocity. And a driver who drives as you describe in the UK would be summarily imprisoned, no matter how much money he made. Especially were he not lily white..... And if you'd ever been to Bangladesh, you would know that 90mph is simply not a reasonable velocity for more than literally 2 or 3 metres of the country's roads. Try 70-80 km/h. as a more realistic max speed. As for me, I'm more or less a patient driver, though I do enjoy the odd spirited romp through a technical mountain road. The highest velocity I've ever attained on a public road is probably not much over 110mph, on the Autobahn. Max distance? Well, including a ferry ride I took a road-trip from Benelux to Tunisia once.... Peace, JG
Park Lane has four lanes, at midnight on a weekday it is empty, so it is not hard to do 80. A40 westway, people are mostly doing about 70 on the Padington flyover, so how have you never seen speeds higher than 40 in London M41 West Cross Route, the speeds are 60+ most of the time. If you look at the main routes on the north and south ends of the westend, sure you are right, 40 is tops, such as on Picadilly, Shaftsbury Avenue, Euston Road and Marylebone Road. But I am sure that if you were doing less than 60 on the top end of the A400 Tottenham Court Road, (before you hit Oxford Street) you would be thrown off the road. Have you ever been to Soho on a saturday night? Most of the kids in their Ferraris are going at least 100 up and down Dean Street and Air Street. As for the motorways, I am sure you have no basis for what you said, M40 London to Birmingham, I have seen people doing 100 in the middle lane, and it is hardly a rare sight.
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I dont think that speeding is monitored in Europe as it is in the States.
In England, the cop cars are unmarked, and they have speed camera's everywhere. WAY worse than here in the US. On the other hand, the drivers seemed to be way better than those where I live. Everybody here drives like they have all the time in the world and they are very rarely paying attention. It's very frustrating...
However, in the UK, at least the speed cameras are bright yellow and there are markings on the road, in the US, it just says road monitored by radar.
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M40 London to Birmingham, I have seen people doing 100 in the middle lane, and it is hardly a rare sight.
I can confirm that I am one of these people. When I make my monthly trip to London, and the sad drive to Birmingham I easily average 100mph. I get very annoyed when I need to slow down. I also don't worry about speed cameras. Since I rent, they never send you tickets that were caught on the speed camera. I figure they guess one would never pay it. I have been flashed, with no exaggeration, at least 50 times on the M25 this year alone, and have yet to receive a ticket. I also implement the following plan if I ever get pulled over, it has been successful twice so far. Firstly, act shocked that you were pulled over. When asked about your speed, claim that you thought the circle with the backslash meant "open speed" as it does in Germany. (It actually means national speed) Apologize embarrasingly and go on your way.
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I have done a bit of "spirited" driving on occasion.   162 mph in my 2004 Dodge Viper (hoping to break that mark on a closed course in a couple of weeks.)   141 mph in my 1971 Dodge Challenger.  I once had all 4 wheels off the ground in my Challenger (been watching too much Dukes of Hazzard) but that was when I was young and stupid.  I wouldn't do anything like that now.       I try to get to the track a couple of times a month.  Helps soothe the urge to go fast.     Longest car trip:  I've taken many car trips of over 6 hours with 4 small children.  Such trips are, in reality, much longer than any trip of any length without small children.  Time moves really really slow with kids in the back seat.     I am a pretty patient driver.  I can put up with just about anything from other drivers without honking or being obnoxious.  The one thing that really bugs me, however, is masses of bicyclists riding 3 and 4 abreast on narrow two lane roads (very common where I live.)  Makes me wish I had Jedi powers, so I could just knock them all down with the force (I guess that would mean I'd have gone over to the Dark Side.)   I haven't driven enough in other countries to judge the driving habits of other nations, but I will say that American drivers by and large suck.  It's pretty much accepted behavior in America to hog the passing lane, and just about every other driver I see is yakking on a cell phone.  I've been rear ended twice while sitting stopped at a stop light.
Kai; 162 mph. Well done,; that's faster than l have done. l drove a car 220 k's and clocked the spedometer limit on the freeway when l was alot younger, l think l would have [more like] been travelling at 230k's (150 mph). What had happened was; l got pissed with a mate. He always got horny when pissed (drunk) and always went to the Ho's. l dropped him off to the Ho's[after drinking 14 cans of beer lager] (it is much stronger than U.S beer)  and l decided to go for a drive while my mate (m8) had sex, l got the car up to 150 mph. lt didn't seem like l was doing fast but l obviously were because l passed a car on the freeway like he was standing still. l then picked up Chris (my m8) and travelled towards home, l drove at 115 mph on a bend and rolled the car several times. We rolled up a really steep enbankment and back down again. All the tyres burst and the windows smashed. l drove home on the rims. We got out at home and beat the living shit out of each other. l still have facial scares to this day. We nearly murdered each other that night. We were pissed and we were violent. Hey Kai: what a legend. You managed to completely airborn the car [like the dukes of hazard]. Well done son.
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M40 London to Birmingham, I have seen people doing 100 in the middle lane, and it is hardly a rare sight.
I can confirm that I am one of these people. When I make my monthly trip to London, and the sad drive to Birmingham I easily average 100mph. I get very annoyed when I need to slow down. I also don't worry about speed cameras.  Since I rent, they never send you tickets that were caught on the speed camera. I figure they guess one would never pay it.  I have been flashed, with no exaggeration, at least 50 times on the M25 this year alone, and have yet to receive a ticket. I also implement the following plan if I ever get pulled over, it has been successful twice so far.  Firstly, act shocked that you were pulled over.  When asked about your speed, claim that you thought the circle with the backslash meant "open speed" as it does in Germany.  (It actually means national speed) Apologize embarrasingly and go on your way.
See, Joe G. You do not know what you are saying.
post #22 of 73
HRHAndrew, does that stand for HRH as in His Royal Highness? What takes you to horrible Birmingham, and the northerners.
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Thankyou gentlemen for participating in the topic. Please stick to the topic though. Kalra2411: l am pointing out you in particular. No waffle old son. Just plain juicy hardcore facts boy. Don't you dare hi-jack my thread [like you did the other].
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Thankyou gentlemen for participating in the topic. Please stick to the topic though. Kalra2411: l am pointing out you in particular. No waffle old son. Just plain juicy hardcore facts boy. Don't you dare hi-jack my thread [like you did the other].
Okay sorry, I dont mean to do it, I just get carried away.
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Are radar/laser detector/jammers legal in the UK or Europe? I can't imagine driving here in the States without my radar detector / laser jammer.  It's paid for itself multiple times over in the cost of tickets and increased insurance premiums, and probably has saved my license on at least two occasions.
I don't think that speeding is monitored in Europe as it is in the States.
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In England, the cop cars are unmarked, and they have speed camera's everywhere. WAY worse than here in the US.
Here in The Netherlands the situation is the same as A Harris mentions: unmarked patrol cars, scores of speed camera's and a recent prohibition of radar-detectors. Get caught with a detector (whether it's working or not) and lose the detector. Dutch police use a radar-detector-detector. Just so you know when visiting... MtB
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On the subject of other drivers in the UK, in the westend people drive very well, they do not just stop at a junction or roundabout, in other parts of the UK (namely the NORTH) people will just stop at a junction even if they can see nobody is coming. Northerners also will not go through, or speed up if the light is orange, this is really annoying, and I have found myself overtaking on the wrong side of the road as a result of this when I am in the north. Another thing that really annoys me about the way northerners drive is that they expect you to give them way, this just takes me to the limit. For example on the Hagley Road going into central Birmingham from the motorway, there are often cars parked in the left lane, and I, driving away at 60 in the right lane have to slam the breaks every 2 seconds because people just keep pulling out without looking, because they expect that I will let them in. Northerners also get very annoyed if you overtake them on the left (in the UK that is not really allowed, as you are only ever supposed to overtake on the right, unlike the US where you can overtake in either lane). Well, for one thing, they should not be going so slow in the right lane, and for another, what does it matter. Traffic in London is probably so bad because of the attitude of most London drivers, we seldom give way, and this cause a lot of problems at rush hour, just take one look at the Hanger Lane approach, even the authorities encourage that people do not give way, they have put special diamond markers (instead of the usual white dotted line, marking the lane) on the exit lane for the North Circular from about a mile back, meaning that changing lane is banned after the diamond markers begin. I would think that if Londoners drove like Northerners, there would be far less traffic. But then again, that is a lot to suffer for just a few hours every day (rush hour). Actually, I have now realised that by not using the major routes going across the outside of the westend (Marylebone Road, Euston Road Pentonville Road, Park Lane, Piccadilly, Shaftsbury Avenue, and Charring Cross Road, you save A LOT of time)
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l am a pretty patient driver. However, these are the things that l hate: 1. Slow drivers in the overtaking lane. (That is my pet hate). 2. Drivers on mobiles. 3. Drivers who don't know the rules. l find that many females drive slowly in the overtaking lane; it is like they don't know the rules. l like to drive fast and efficiently. l tend to have a sixth sense about speed cameras. l never get court. l never weeve thru traffic though. ln Australia, we have only had serious speed camera action in the last 2 years. The traffic has increased alot over the last 15 years and the driving manners have gone down considerably. The furthest l have ever drove a motor-vehicle is 1,200 miles. A long boring drive with no scenery.
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Are radar/laser detector/jammers legal in the UK or Europe? What do you use Kai, a Valentine One or something else? JJF
I have a Valentine that I move back and forth between my Subaru and my Suburban, and I have a custom installed Escort SRX remote mounted radar detector/laser jammer in my Viper.  I love the directional arrows in the Valentine (wish the Escort had them), but the Escort jams laser and it's a lot more discreet than the window-mounted Valentine.  I've used both simultaneously and the sensitivity on both models is so close as to be practically identical.   If the Escort had directional indicators, it would be the perfect system.
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(FIHTies @ 19 July 2004, 7:46) Are radar/laser detector/jammers legal in the UK or Europe? What do you use Kai, a Valentine One or something else? JJF
I have a Valentine that I move back and forth between my Subaru and my Suburban, and I have a custom installed Escort SRX remote mounted radar detector/laser jammer in my Viper.  I love the directional arrows in the Valentine (wish the Escort had them), but the Escort jams laser and it's a lot more discreet than the window-mounted Valentine.  I've used both simultaneously and the sensitivity on both models is so close as to be practically identical.   If the Escort had directional indicators, it would be the perfect system.
Kai: Valentine has a module that you can have the lights cabled to a unit below the windshield and my brother uses that. In the valentine its especially important as the directional lights, a cool feature get very bright and if a cop is behind you he cant miss that. I use an escort 3500 and its OK but as you know it has no rear sensor. Only time I needed it I didnt have it on, heading up to visit my Dad in the hospital and my mind elsewhere. Lost the appeal as well. JJF
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Kai; 162 mph. Well done,; that's faster than l have done. l drove a car 220 k's and clocked the spedometer limit on the freeway when l was alot younger, l think l would have been travelling at 230k's (150 mph). What had happened was; l got pissed with a mate. He always got horny when pissed (drunk) and always went to the Ho's. l dropped him off to the Ho's[after drinking 14 cans of beer lager] (it is much stringer than U.S beer) and l decided vto go for a drive while my mate (m8) had sex, l got the car up to 150 mph. lt didn't seem like l was doing fast but l obviously were because l passed a car on the freeway like he was standing still. l then picked up Chris (my m8) and travelled towards home, l drove at 115 mph on a bend and rolled the car several times. We rolled up a really steep enbankment and back down again. All the tyres burst and the windows smashed. l drove home on the rims. We got out at home and beat the living shit out of each other. l still have facial scares to this day. We nearly murdered each other that night. We were pissed and we were violent. Hey Kai: what a legend. You managed to completely airborn the car [like the dukes of hazard]. Well done son. Edited by marc37 on 20 July 2004, 04:24
Thanks for sharing
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