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View Poll Results: What should be the speed limit on highways?
no speed limit, limited only temporarily for some reason. 37 36.63%
140 km / h. As requested by certain groups in Spain. 19 18.81%
130 km / h. As in France and in other European countries. 38 37.62%
120 km / h. Current limit in Spain. 9 8.91%
I have no opinion on the matter. 1 0.99%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 101. You may not vote on this poll

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Old April 10th, 2012, 03:22 PM   #41
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Old April 10th, 2012, 05:06 PM   #42
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Way too many factors to just say "they oughta all have x speed limit" - number of lanes, pavement condition, curves, line of sight, shoulders, nearby foliage, terrain, etc.
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Old April 10th, 2012, 05:27 PM   #43
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Correct speed limit is such that makes driving safe and comfortable for the majority of drivers.
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Old April 10th, 2012, 06:53 PM   #44
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Way too many factors to just say "they oughta all have x speed limit" - number of lanes, pavement condition, curves, line of sight, shoulders, nearby foliage, terrain, etc.
I agree!

I consider that a general speed limit of 140 km/h is fine on motorways considering the modern cars, but with a posibility of upgrading it on some sections* to 160 km/h sometimes**.

*some sections = must be rural motorways, have few exists, good quality pavement, good road design (no sharp curves or very steep slopes)
**sometimes = dry road surface + low traffic

Of course, 140 or 160 km/h might not be the most fuel efficient speeds, but if someone is in a hurry is willing to pay more for it. If someone wants to drive cheap will go with 110 km/h.
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Old April 10th, 2012, 10:30 PM   #45
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Can you post or write the links of this grapics please?
What do you mean ??

If you want more information on superelevation to be applied in curves, just check some of your national guidelines on road design.

Free information on superelevation can also be found on the internet, for instance the South Dakota DOT site: http://www.sddot.com/pe/roaddesign/d...al/rdmch05.pdf , or the Delaware DOT: http://www.deldot.gov/information/pu..._superelev.pdf

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Old April 11th, 2012, 02:17 PM   #46
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If I ever have to set a speed limit on a road, it will be a nice round 1079252848 km/h. But seriously, in a perfect world, a speed limit would be based on overall driving culture/experience, traffic density and road quality. I suspect this is rarely the case...
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Old April 11th, 2012, 07:47 PM   #47
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You should come to Norway. Driving misery. First, it costs an obscene amount of money to get your licence but what are they teaching them?? The max speed limit on motorways/freeways is 100 and that is just in the Oslo/South Norway region. Here in Bergen, on the short 2 stretches of freeway, the speed limit is only 80km and these are nice 4 lane stretches with wide shoulders, wider than the new 100km ones down south. They also recently lowered the speed limit from 80 to 70 on plenty of stretches of roads instead of improving the safety of them.

Hardly anyone seems to know what a turn signal is, and it is far too common for people to go 10 kms slower than the already ridiculously slow limit. All too often I am trying to drive exactly 50 in a 50 zone, yet the car in front of me insists on doing between 33-38kph!

Everyone talks about how "rich" this place is, but the the roads certainly don't bear witness to that fact. Plenty of roads around where I live are littered with potholes and centre lines that have worn away. I could go on and on, but read the Norwegian road thread for more details! :-)

I dream of doing 100 or even 110 kph!!
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Old April 11th, 2012, 10:55 PM   #48
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Definitely, speed limit on the road, in general,must depend on the star rating drivers, star rating roads and star rating vehicles. There are many unsafe drivers even when driving at 60km/h and what you can expect of them when driving at 100 or 130km/h. That is an impossible mission. In addition to that, speed limit must depend on meteorological condition and density of traffic as well.

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Old April 11th, 2012, 11:12 PM   #49
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What do you mean ??

If you want more information on superelevation to be applied in curves, just check some of your national guidelines on road design.

Free information on superelevation can also be found on the internet, for instance the South Dakota DOT site: http://www.sddot.com/pe/roaddesign/d...al/rdmch05.pdf , or the Delaware DOT: http://www.deldot.gov/information/pu..._superelev.pdf

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Thanks for your help, but I use I use the Spanish standard of road and rail route to work.
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Old April 12th, 2012, 12:00 AM   #50
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Thanks for your help, but I use I use the Spanish standard of road and rail route to work.
Is it possible to take a look at that Spanish Standard?
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Old April 12th, 2012, 12:14 AM   #51
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www.carreteros.org

Look to the right column: "Normativa" (Only roads)

And this is about railways http://www.carreteros.org/legislacio...rocarriles.htm
The only problem is that it is in Spanish.
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Old April 12th, 2012, 02:28 PM   #52
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Day : 120-130
Night : 130-140
Winter: 100-110
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Old April 12th, 2012, 03:01 PM   #53
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Are you sure?

Or maybe this...

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Day : 130-140
Night : 120-130

Winter: 100-110
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Old April 12th, 2012, 04:46 PM   #54
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Are you sure?

Or maybe this...
Yes, reason for that would be that during night, the density of traffic is much less, therefore safer for fast driving.
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Old April 12th, 2012, 05:54 PM   #55
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...except for the increased hazard of less visibility, combined with non-vehicle hazards (animals, debris, etc.).
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Old April 13th, 2012, 06:57 PM   #56
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Yeah. At night, there will be less traffic, but decreased visibility -- in my personal experience, the decreased visibility is a greater hazard than the traffic that one can see. (There are some areas that I will even avoid driving though at night while on a roadtrip, as the chances of hitting stray animals is extremely high in those parts.) At night, I actually drive around 5-10 km/h slower than during the day.

To complete the thread, the general speed limits in these parts are:

60 km/h in urban areas
100 km/h in rural areas
120 km/h on freeways

Of course, there will always be localized exceptions, but the above holds true in the general sense.
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Old April 14th, 2012, 03:36 AM   #57
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130km/h.you can drive 150km/h on the speedmeter and nobody would care and that is enough.driving faster is no fun and if you want to do so go on a closed area like the nürburgring.an slow down in urban areas from 50km/h to 40km/h
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Old April 14th, 2012, 05:40 AM   #58
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...except for the increased hazard of less visibility, combined with non-vehicle hazards (animals, debris, etc.).
Imagine this road at 3am:
http://maps.google.nl/?ll=52.009625,...323.51,,0,0.53
or this:
http://maps.google.nl/?ll=52.256763,...27.84,,0,-2.46
Straight.
Lit up like a christmas tree.
You can see the tail lights from miles of...

Sorry but a speed limit at night there makes no sense imho.
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But travelling for an hour at 180 km/h saves you much time from 100-120 km/h...

When I travel to Poland, from Hengelo to the Polish border at Swiecko, I try to make it in 4 hrs and this is usually easily achievable ( at night then, during daytime traffic doesn't allow it ). I simply try to keep an average of 150-160 km/h, this means slower at some parts when needed, and flooring it when possible to 200-220 km/h. I try to travel at night these days, you can simply keep up the pace far easier, only slow down for Baustelle and otherwise cruise control at 160-170 and no worries about traffic.

If I have to drive a rediculous low speed of 130 at max, I'd easily take 5 and a half - 6 hrs: one or two 10 min stops, the traffic lights near Bad Oeynhausen, etc... No way to make up for lost time and keep a nice average speed. I'm glad there's at least 1 country where the government still allows people to travel quicker if they're in a hurry at own risk...

I really think it's not the government's place to meddle with how fast you can drive on a motorway.

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Old April 16th, 2012, 08:36 AM   #59
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130km/h.you can drive 150km/h on the speedmeter and nobody would care and that is enough.driving faster is no fun and if you want to do so go on a closed area like the nürburgring.an slow down in urban areas from 50km/h to 40km/h
I beg to differ. Driving faster may be no fun for you, granted, but why should people who routinely go 200 kmh for long stretches of motorway be hindered by that ? Personally I think there should be no speed limit at all. it is a driver's responsibility to react appropriately to road conditions and no posted sign can really reflect that.
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I beg to differ. Driving faster may be no fun for you, granted, but why should people who routinely go 200 kmh for long stretches of motorway be hindered by that ? Personally I think there should be no speed limit at all. it is a driver's responsibility to react appropriately to road conditions and no posted sign can really reflect that.
Don't think so. Some people with supercars will do even 300kph. And at this speed is very difficult if not impossible slow down if you encounter a slow vehicle in front of you with deadly consequences. No speed limits may turn highways into racetracks where some *******s testing their cars and betting money. You can't trust on responsibility of drivers, to many people aren't responsible at all.
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