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Was my partner unreasonable? Or am I just an annoying backseat driver?

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SongoftheSiren Mon 01-Apr-13 22:51:10

My partner drove me and a friend out for dinner (so we would be able to have a glass of wine with dinner)

We were driving on a long stretch of road where there are fairly recent (less than a year) speed cameras.

I could see that he was driving at 56 and the limit is 50. So I quickly said slow down because there are speed cameras. He snapped back that yes he knew, I then said the speed is 50 and he again snapped back with - yes I know and that's just the average speed anyway so stop being an annoying backseat driver.

There was an awkward silence. Think my friend felt uncomfortable.

I tend not to ever comment if someone else is driving as it can be annoying, but felt I should say something as I wouldn't want him to get points or a fine.

LorettaMasonPotts Tue 02-Apr-13 20:12:19

YANBU. You were being helpful and he shouldn't have been speeding.

FarBetterNow Tue 02-Apr-13 20:16:33

I always think it is amazing the amount of people who consider themselves to be 100% law abiding, but are quite happy to deliberately drive faster than the speed limits every day.

Why are they any different to other law breakers - commonly known as criminals.

SirChenjin Tue 02-Apr-13 20:32:42

WMittens - 2013. You can link to it from UK Gov here

WMittens Tue 02-Apr-13 21:13:31


Hahahahaha, ah damn! I didn't mean when were they published, I meant when were those distances 'calculated'? 2013! Oh my days.

Those published stopping distances were described in the 1960s, based on a Ford Anglia with crossply tyres and drum brakes.

Things have moved on since then

SirChenjin Tue 02-Apr-13 21:32:24

Do you use Youtube as all your reference sources WMittens?!

I take it you've already emailed the Govt and pointed out their error? Excellent! I look forward to seeing their website updated tomorrow with links to - Top Gear!!


LadyVoldemort Tue 02-Apr-13 21:32:29

Why are you being such a dick WMittens?

Just drive at the speed limit FGS, why risk it? Because it won't happen to you?

SirChenjin Tue 02-Apr-13 21:35:57

Oh don't take him seriously LadyV - it's the Easter holidays, and the children deserve a bit of fun with Youtube grin

KansasCityOctopus Tue 02-Apr-13 21:42:01

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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