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To think nobody sticks to the speedboat limit?

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Motherofhowmany Wed 25-Jan-17 15:55:53

I'm a relatively new driver and have had a car less than a month. I always drive at the speed limit. However this seems to annoy most people and I'm constantly being over taken (quite dangerously) by people who want to go 40 in a 30 mile zone. I was genuinely surprised by how many people do this. Do people actually drive at the speed limits or do they just wait until there are cameras around?

Motherofhowmany Wed 25-Jan-17 15:56:23

Oh dear obviously that wasn't speedboat but just speed.

harderandharder2breathe Wed 25-Jan-17 16:05:32

Most people I know stick to the speed limit except on motorways

TheNaze73 Wed 25-Jan-17 16:13:01

Did you win your speedboat on Bullseye? wink

I think the vast majority of people do however, slow drivers especially on motorways are equally as dangerous as fast drivers

specialsubject Wed 25-Jan-17 16:24:36

Breaking the limit is illegal, however big your car, however late you are. Drive your own car legally and safely. If you have a fuckwit astern do the same. They will overtake eventually and you can laugh at them at the next roundabout.

Hope for a tree at some point and let them go.

lavei Wed 25-Jan-17 16:31:51

Some cars reach pick up their speed much faster than others so whilst you could just be reaching 30 mph another car could be established at that speed. This will make them appear to be going faster than you but in reality they're not.
Also if you find that this happens all the time, perhaps your speedometer is off

ClarkL Wed 25-Jan-17 16:38:29

I have always considered myself a careful driver and one who sticks to speed limits, however I got pulled over between Christmas and New year for doing 42 in a 30. I was really annoyed with myself, I used to always stick to 30 and had so many drivers tailgate me and overtake that I started to increase on roads I felt I knew. It was one of those tricky roads that goes from 60 to 30 then 60 again through a 'village' which is essentially houses either side of a road so the majority of people do 40-50 through there. I know though regardless of what I think the speed limit should be it is there for a reason and I was in the wrong.
Since then however I have been super careful, new driver careful and realised how often I have been exceeding without realising, even maintaining 60 it often creeps up and I am now slowing down.
As a new driver you are super aware of everything you are doing, which is great, not everyone else is. I say keep doing what you are doing and ignore those who speed, do not increase your speed for them or feel any pressure to

dontbesillyhenry Wed 25-Jan-17 16:40:21

If I had a speedboat I doubt I'd stick to the limit

Areyoufree Wed 25-Jan-17 16:44:28

@TheNaze73 My first thought was Bullseye too! Spooky...

wherearemymarbles Wed 25-Jan-17 16:48:10

I recently did speed awareness course.
I didnt surprise me that 60% of people in the room didnt know the national speed limit for a single carriageway. Half thought it was slower than it was.
The general lack of knowledge was pretty poor. Yes i got caught speed but a least i knew i was!

MadameCholetsDirtySecret Wed 25-Jan-17 16:50:26

The only time I have been stopped for speeding was by the river police in a speed boat. grin

ClarkL Wed 25-Jan-17 16:51:37

wherearemymarbles Can I ask how long between being caught speeding did you get the letter about the speed awareness? The policeman advised me I was likely to get a speed awareness as opposed to points and a fine, but it was almost a month ago and i've no idea how long these things take to be decided/sent out

wherearemymarbles Wed 25-Jan-17 17:00:07

I got caught by a mobile camera on a dc. The nip arrived in about a week and i think i heard officially about 3 or 4 weeks after that.

Can can look up the thresholds online and if you are within them you are v v liekely to get a course.

TheNaze73 Wed 25-Jan-17 17:03:10


I always wanted to know how they'd split the speedboat, it it was two mates playing? grin

wherearemymarbles Wed 25-Jan-17 17:06:44

Accepted max speed to be considered for a coruze is
42 in a 30, 53/40, 64/50, 75/60, 86/70

ClarkL Wed 25-Jan-17 17:14:03

Yeah, the policeman was really nice and explained any faster and it would be points and a fine but I might get lucky with a course. I was horrified and I think he knew I was sorry even without a punishment, he also looked quite relieved I wasn't arguing like the car driver they pulled over before me and was still there!!
I'll give it another 2 weeks before calling and chasing, considering it was the Christmas period and the police are usually out in force to deter drink drivers so they may just be busy.

Areyoufree Wed 25-Jan-17 17:17:48

@TheNaze73 Doubt that was ever an issue, seeing as I don't remember anyone ever winning it! I miss Bullseye. It was a simpler time.

Tootsiepops Wed 25-Jan-17 17:20:17

I just passed my test too op, and I've been saying the same to my husband. I feel like everyone hates me for sticking to the 30 mph limit, but the rules are the rules. Risky overtakers make me shock

lokisglowstickofdestiny1 Wed 25-Jan-17 17:21:57

I do in excess of the limit on a motorway, usually 80/85 if the conditions allow, everywhere else I stick to the limits.

NotTheMrMenAgain Wed 25-Jan-17 17:30:27

The only boats I've ever driven have been narrowboats - I couldn't have broken the speed limit if I'd tried! (Irrelevant)

Motherofhowmany Wed 25-Jan-17 17:55:37

I do wonder how many people don't even realise they are speeding.

I'd lose my job if I got caught speeding or lost my license.

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