Re: Repeal of the National Speed Limit Law

In the UK there seems to be a "casual" speed limit of 80mph on the highways, in
part due to weight of traffic and in part due to vehicle speed capacity. I used
to commute 140 miles per day on the M4 motorway and rarely saw anyone
travelling faster than 90mph. When they were travelling at higher speeds it was
essentially possible to do so (and seemingly safe as I never passed a resulting
accident later!). Speed on highways appears to be self-limiting.

What will be interesting in the US is to see whether, if and when speed limits
are increased (even 65mph is a ludicrous limit in many US driving situations),
drivers increase the distance between their vehicles commensurately. I was kind
of shocked when I first got to the US by how little distance people put between
their car and the one in front of them.


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