|This car has many labels, so it must be smart.|
Of course, we can't be naive though. Travelling in a car still does - and probably always will - carry a potential fatal risk. But if you want to think in that way, then surely every single thing you do carries a fatal risk? I have a drink on my desk right now; it can fall into the computer electronics next to it and start a blazing house fire, but the risk is small. Same applies to modern cars: the risk is there, but it's minute.
This rather sweetly leads me up to a question that I have had in my head for several years (before I was even a petrolhead): 'Why the bloody hell is the motorway speed limit still 70mph?' It seems that I am not the only one who questions the now sluggish pace for a maximum limit. A survey by the automotive giant Autocar reveals that a whopping 95% of UK drives exceed the motorway limit.
|This is more common than people doing 70 these days|
|Listen to it screaming 'SAAAFE'|
To be honest, it should be no surprise that the 70mph limit comes across as outdated and too slow. This limit was introduced in the 1970's during the oil crisis, with the idea being that the slower speed will help to save fuel. It has remained unchanged ever since, but cars have most certainly changed in the past 40 years or so. We now have disc brakes, air bags, seat belts and crumple zones. Technically speaking, the speed limit should be double what it is now.
|The oil crisis|
But the 70 limit has been ignored for some time now due to the safety (and arguably effortless cruising) that new cars bring. In fact, the average speed of cars on the motorway now is 79mph. Yes, that really is the average of all lanes, not just the 'fast lane'. But if our motorways are so safe, there is no pressing reason to penalise 95% of drivers. After all, it's not like school kids are going to be crossing the road on a blind corner.
However, that trend seems to be changing. In the recent couple of years, major motorway networks have been converted into 'smart motorways', which include underground sensors to detect traffic, hundreds of CCTV cameras and fancy graphical signs that can tell drivers pretty much anything. Most notably though, smart motorways introduce speed cameras.
|Spot the sodding camera|
|On bridges, completely out of the drivers' sight? Of course they did.|
So, a round-up is needed after this unusually long post. Here is what I have managed to conclude: the government are greedy bastards.
70mph Motorway Limit In 2014? You're Having A Laugh! Reviewed by Jack Cooper on 17:05 Rating: