The miles on the tach mostly jump out at me while driving on the highways. Something I drive through the Czech Republic every year. And thanks to this, I consider Czech drivers to be good and decent.
Even at this speed, it’s not bad at all. When driving on the highway at the prescribed 130 km/h, I tend to overtake most cars. It’s only sometimes that someone runs around.
Yes, who hasn’t stepped on the accelerator when overtaking and then said he was going to put the other car in front of him and suddenly he had 180 km/h on the tachometer? Or who hasn’t been carried away by the empty and dry highway?
But suddenly you hear the engine roar, the air hum, and when you look at the current mileage, you just take that foot off the throttle. At such a long speed that it would be pleasant for us, an ordinary driver does not build a car.
But a hundred and fifty? It wouldn’t be such a difference, it would be possible…
However, due to Russian aggression and a sharp rise in the price of oil, the arguments of consumption are dying out again, like in the good old days.
Why do we have a speed limit
The first highway speed limit appeared in our country in 1979, at 110 km/h. There was no fixed one. The reason for the speed limit on highways was the oil crisis and the effort to reduce fuel consumption. In 1997, the limit was raised to 130 km/h.
The main argument is security. But the consumption argument still plays a role. Just green. In the Netherlands, for example, they have reduced their speed to 100 km/h due to emissions. But not absolutely. You can drive faster at night.
However, due to Russian aggression and a sharp rise in the price of oil, the arguments of consumption are dying out again, like in the good old days. And without ecological dimension. It’s not about shows anymore, it’s about having something to do at a reasonable price. We are talking about a speed of 100 km/h.
Here, economy and ecology go hand in hand. Logic.
While in 1997 nearly 1,600 people died on the roads in the Czech Republic, the 90th norm, in 2021 there were “only” 466 road accident victims.
Speed limit in the 21st century
The main arguments – higher speed = higher consumption and more emissions, or higher speed = more energy and less chance of surviving in an accident – everyone understands. Today’s cars, however, are completely different machines than those that were on the roads in 1997.
Modern cars are loaded with electronic systems that prevent skids, derailments and monitor traffic in front of you and from a blind spot. The car brakes in emergency when it detects an obstacle, because you look in the rear view mirror (or mobile phone).
When an accident occurs, the car tightens its seat belts in advance, the airbags explode all around you, and the car itself calls for help. And self-driving cars are starting to appear in all of this, further reducing human error. You will not stop progress.
So we drive safer cars on the roads and it’s not just about sheets. While in 1997 nearly 1,600 people died on the roads in the Czech Republic, the 90th norm, in 2021 there were “only” 466 road accident victims. Since 2009 the numbers have fallen below a thousand a year, and over the past decade we have averaged one-third of the victims in the 1990s.
In this context, the 150 probably wouldn’t do as much damage. But what is the purpose of such a change? To go faster from place A to place B?
On the way from Prague to Brno it would take 13 minutes. Too much or too little?
A few dozen kilometers around the republic? The time saved by the drivers would be of the order of a few seconds, that’s not even worth the road signs.
150 km/h on the highway?
But have you ever had an average speed of 130 km/h on this course? So never. Overtaking trucks and the front. The shrinking and restriction to eighty. A little more traffic and a convoy. Therefore, having an average speed of one hundred is a real achievement. If we want to get from place A to place B faster, limiting the maximum speed is not what stops us.
It is necessary to complete the motorway network and lighten the busiest axes. Remove the trucks. Or add stripes. Just have less dense and smoother traffic. It would be a lot if it took a place drive a hundred and fifty for a whilegiven go only one hundred and ten. But stay.
Raising the max speed doesn’t make sense to me. Moreover, it is only in play on limited stretches of highways. So, a few tens of kilometers across the country? The time saved by the drivers would be of the order of a few seconds. Make such a change because of this? It’s not even worth the road signs that should be newly installed there.
In the end, Putin ended the 150 debate with his aggression against Ukraine. We may be happy to have at least one hundred and thirty.