That's just it, I don't drive faster than the posted speed limit.
In a normal year I do about 50-60k, mostly on the motorways. I see the benefits of the smoother flowing traffic and reduced delays they've brought.
No not at all. I just think the risks are blown out of all proportion and people like to blame the motorway deisgn for their own failings as drivers
Over the last 5 years: 8,800 people killed in RTAs. 1,200 of them involved at least one driver who was over the drink drive limit. About 400 fatal accidents involved at least one driver who had illegal drugs in their system. 38 people were killed on smart motorways. And yet the last one is the only one we have a media-led campaign to spend billions more and decades of corrective action to reduce. People will happily go the pub and have a couple of pints, or a couple of lines, and drive home, but they won't drive on a smart motorway because they're "dangerous" even though 94% of fatalities happen in non-motorway crashes.
Genuinely, i'm glad someone else sees the cost-benefit analysis isn't exactly brilliant to do what the campaigners are calling for. I think you could get much better reductions in deaths by targeting that money elsewhereYou've made me rethink my position on this.
So, the question is how much would it really cost to get back the hard shoulder? Evaluate the knock-on impacts of travel times to business and commuters, CO2 emissions, local air quality (NOx and PM10), other road accidents, noise, etc
The best I can find (and I've no idea how reasonable it is) is this report which puts it at about £40bn over 60 years (or £666m/year). Or about £10 from each man, woman and child per year.
And there's been 38 deaths in the last 5 years. Let's assume a constant 7.6 deaths per year.
Very much the back of a fag packet calculation, but getting rid of smart motorways might be equivalent to spending £88m to save each of those lives. Regardless of how tragic some of those deaths have been, there's more fruitful ways to spend that sort of tax money.
I know you cant cope with driving on a motorway without a hard shoulder. Dont ever bother to travel to Europe, you would shit your pants.
The M6 North of Preston is a really nice drive. especially in good weather.
No you don't
"Dont ever bother to travel to Europe, you would shit your pants."
Like I've said, you know FA about me, but feel free to carry on making a twat of yourself
Roads don't normally kill people its the drivers,, having spent alot of years driving abroard as a young man the germans are far and better drivers than the british, I believe it is down to german driver training. which is far superior to british training , some brit drivers fail to read ahead and drive within the roads conditions.
I was patrolling the Kendal to Penrith stretch today. Very nice during the summer, but can be very harsh during the winter.The M6 North of Preston is a really nice drive. especially in good weather.
to'ing and fro'ing to NI; Tebay Services, probably one of the nicest places to stop on the network.
ETA: Average speed zones. I find a Speed Limiter absolutely makes it 100% easier.
The M69 is another excellent bit of motorway. Especially if you're in a mischievous mood.I was patrolling the Kendal to Penrith stretch today. Very nice during the summer, but can be very harsh during the winter.
It struck me as stupidity at the time. The parallel would be removing the emergency exits on an airliner, or the lifeboats on a ship.You would be justified in saying 'I told you so'.