40 mph ... Why?

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40 mph ... Why?

Postby Triquet » Tue Jun 28, 2016 11:11 pm

Here in Occupied North Berkshire we are afflicted by many 40mph fanatics.Today I was driving down to Reading and I came across one, there he (or she) was trundling along at 40 mph come town or village, countryside, 50mph or NSL. We get them, and I am sure you all come across them.

But why do they do it? Is it because of the frequently changing speed limits on back roads? Is it just laziness?
There must be some rationale as to why this happens but is does escape me. :gear:

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Re: 40 mph ... Why?

Postby dvenman » Wed Jun 29, 2016 5:49 am

Because they're not looking out the window...

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Re: 40 mph ... Why?

Postby akirk » Wed Jun 29, 2016 6:06 am

Totally disengaged from reality and unaware as to their own speed and the limits

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Re: 40 mph ... Why?

Postby sussex2 » Wed Jun 29, 2016 6:39 am

akirk wrote:Totally disengaged from reality and unaware as to their own speed and the limits

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Re: 40 mph ... Why?

Postby sussex2 » Wed Jun 29, 2016 6:55 am

Or, car in 5th and brain in neutral.

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Re: 40 mph ... Why?

Postby Triquet » Wed Jun 29, 2016 7:41 am

But it is so common, that I feel there must be some deeper reason why people do it.

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Re: 40 mph ... Why?

Postby Strangely Brown » Wed Jun 29, 2016 7:48 am

It is a speed at which they feel naturally comfortable, for whatever reason. Once at that speed, barring any physical reason to slow down they just continue at that speed pretty much detached from the rest of reality. In Very Advanced Driving, Tom Topper refers to them as the "my speed" kind of idiot.

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Re: 40 mph ... Why?

Postby GTR1400MAN » Wed Jun 29, 2016 8:02 am

Suffolk is infested with them. I've always put it down to the blanket implementation of 30mph wherever there's signs of human habitation, regardless of the road size etc. They MAY have in the past increased their speed and then had to decrease it as yet another NSL is degraded to 50 or 40. Then after a while it all starts to blend into one, and they adopt 40mph everywhere.

I did make a new sign for Suffolk, but perhaps you can use it elsewhere too (with some modification). :)

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Re: 40 mph ... Why?

Postby sussex2 » Wed Jun 29, 2016 8:14 am

Many moons ago when I worked for a very Big School of Motoring we conducted, in our branch, an experiment into pupils eyesight - not professional of course but worthy of note.
Our victims we discovered had a significant proportion of tunnel vision and short-sightedness.
I have always born this in mind in my dealings with any other road user.

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Re: 40 mph ... Why?

Postby superplum » Wed Jun 29, 2016 6:41 pm

Perhaps they have learnt to be patient and are hoping some of it rubs off on other road users. :racing:

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