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Old 18th July 2019, 15:23   #61
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Voted yes even though my current car does not have any of these speed alerts. If there were to be such an alert then I think that I would be prompted to glance at the speed indicator first while taking weight off the accelerator.

All of us will agree that many times on the highway we become unaware of how fast we are going. Concentrating on driving can also be a distraction from speed awareness. While such a device is needed, I also feel that it will only be the safety conscious driver who will take this into account and act accordingly.

We also see many drivers riding and driving at high speeds even on city roads, leave alone highways. For such drivers even the occasional fine may not be enough of a deterrent.
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Old 25th September 2019, 18:31   #62
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I dont own a car with audible speed alerts. Whenever I will have it, I think I will take a note of it and stay within limit. I just hope that the car which I will own in future does not have too much loud beep so that the sound (especially 80+ KMPH) itself will be distracting and loss of concentration!
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Old 25th September 2019, 21:10   #63
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If I am driving on an undivided 2 lane intercity highway and need to overtake someone, the stupid beep would be very distracting especially when I really needs to focus on the manoeuvre.

I actually don't particularly mind the 120 buzzer, but the 80 kph one feels ridiculous!
Beeps don't make you safer, they distract you.
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Old 9th October 2019, 09:53   #64
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First day on the new car yesterday and the first time I was driving with the warning beep.

As soon as I could hear the beep, I would subconsciously let go of the accelerator and steady myself on ~80kmph. So it was definitely affecting me, but then it was Day 1 and I was not completely used to the new vehicle.

Maybe we need to learn to ignore it, at least that's what Wifey tells me (that's a good thing that she is on board with ignoring it ).
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Old 9th October 2019, 13:50   #65
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I cant believe I stumbled upon this thread so late.

I live in Germany currently and have driven through almost every major European nation. And the USA. And northern Africa. And India of course. I can say that enforcing a speed limit on the highways/freeways/autobahn is probably the right way to go ahead.

Regular studies in Germany have always resulted in the same conclusion - no correlation between speed and accidents. On the contrary, Germany is one of the safest places to drive in the world.

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And yet there is a party (the greens) that is proposing a speed limit of 130kph overall on the autobahns. I wholeheartedly support this.

My reasons are..

1. Almost everyone who drives long distances, calculate time based on an average travelling distance of 90-100kms a hour. Add about half hour break every 4 hours. So to travel 900 kms, it will take 10-11 hours. To travel 180 kms, it will take 2 hours. The speed limits are way higher than this.

2. Here in Germany, I drive a Mazda3 2.0l 120PS petrol hatchback. In the city with a moderate stop & go traffic, I get an average fuel consumption of 7l/100km (14.3kmpl). In the autobahn, at a constant 120kmph, I get about 5.5l/100km (18.2kmpl). At constant 140kmph, the fuel consumption increases to 7.5l/100km (13.3kmpl). At constant 160kmph, it increases to 8.5l/100km (11.8kmpl). For my driving style, I lose 7l of petrol every 100km for a measly 40kph difference. To me, it doesnt make sense because I (and other Europeans) plan our trips considering #1 in mind.

3. It helps the environment. ADAC is the automotive club in Germany and they undertook a study to analyse the effect on environment. And they had this to say.

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Im Hinblick auf die Reduzierung der CO2-Emissionen sollte die Wirkung eines allgemeinen Tempolimits nicht überschätzt werden. Unter Zugrundelegung des Handbuchs für Emissionsfaktoren (HBEFA) ergibt sich bei einem Tempolimit von 130 km/h für die Pkw-Flotte des Jahres 2019 ein CO2-Einsparpotenzial in der Größenordnung von bis zu 2 Millionen Tonnen pro Jahr. Dies sind knapp 2 Prozent der CO2-Emissionen des Pkw-Verkehrs.

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The correlation between reducing the CO2 emissions through general speed limits can not be overstated. The manual from HBEFA suggests that a speed limit of 130kph on cars in 2019 has the potential to save 2 million tonnes of CO2 per year. It amounts to approximately 2% of all car CO2 emissions.
And this is only in Germany.

1. In India, an average speed of 60-70kmph is used while travelling. To travel 350km, we calculate 6-7 hours including breaks.

2. The emphasis on awareness of safe driving is still nascent. The study on impact on environment is nonexistent. Bicyclists and livestock are everywhere. Lorry drivers drive on all possible combinations of lanes. Motorcyclists drive as if they are the only ones on the road. Autos and share autos overload and drive as they wish. Not to mention the wrong side drivers of all of the above.

Bearing in mind all of this, I agree with a speed limit and its enforcement through an acoustic warning.
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Old 19th October 2019, 12:55   #66
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Most cars reach 80kmph in 2nd gear and 120 mph in 3rd gear. Why the additional 2/3 gears? Also the Honda CR-V goes into 9th gear only at 129kmph, How is that to be dealt?
Anyone who drives fast does so with experience and knowing consequences, The inexperienced will not cruise at a high speed, but will rip for short durations. Consider the Volvo buses which drive at a constant 130-140kmph, these drivers are highly trained and very rarely cause accidents.
Also is this rule only for private vehicles and not for commercial vehicles? what about 2 wheelers?
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Old 19th October 2019, 14:19   #67
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Recently drove a car with the speed alert warning feature. I found it useful as it saved me the trouble of checking the speedometer to make sure I was under 80kph.
This was a Hyundai Venue and I did feel that the beep was a little louder than it needed to be. In a regular urban driving scenario I don't see any reason to drive faster than 80 and it is quite normal to do lower triple digit speeds on the highways. However there is rarely a reason to go past 120 unless you are on a closed track.

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I believe yes. My friends Xylo had that warning which I used to feel that it was very helpful esp since Xylo wasn't very inspiring at higher speeds. He however used to crib about that 5 sec beeping.

Off late, esp with frequent runs on the NH, I am seeing that irrespective of whether you drive at 80-100kmph OR 120-30kmph, the travel time hardly varies by 5-10min max. Actually, I find it very comfortable mentally to drive at 80-90kmph speeds (below 100), take my foot off the accelerator when I see trucks ahead to let the racers go ahead n squeeze through & I pass behind them peacefully.

My only nagging part of the travel, other than toll lines, is the need to switch lanes very often because of trucks/jeeps/marutivans/etc in wrong lanes/speeds.
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I can say that enforcing a speed limit on the highways/freeways/autobahn is probably the right way to go ahead.

Regular studies in Germany have always resulted in the same conclusion - no correlation between speed and accidents. On the contrary, Germany is one of the safest places to drive in the world.
Aren't your statements contradictory or am I reading something wrong?


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And yet there is a party (the greens) that is proposing a speed limit of 130kph overall on the autobahns. I wholeheartedly support this.
It looks, they have lost for good

https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/inter...ml#post4677350 (German Parliament votes to keep their autobahns speed limit free)

In the Indian context, there will still be accidents even more than before as the number of automobiles keeps on rising until the people get educated and start following the rules, not just for challans. I am more than sure 99 % of our driving Junta won't understand term " Yield" or Right of way.
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Default Re: Do the 80 / 120 kmph speed alerts dissuade you from driving at higher speeds?

At the risk of voicing an unpopolar opinion.

Many national highways today are suitable to cruise at above 120kmph in a capable car driven by an alert and experienced driver (for eg: bangalore-hyderabad). Might we also keep in mind that 120kmph is only 75mph.

A beep every 30sec or so beyond 120kmph would have made more sense. And less infuriating for a driver.

Is anyone here aware of how these buzzer systems are implemented in the cars, has anyone any idea of how to go about disabling them in theory ? Or better yet, attempted it themselves.
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Is it not illegal to disable the speed alarm?
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Default Re: Do the 80 / 120 kmph speed alerts dissuade you from driving at higher speeds?

I feel beeping of any sort is distracting and irritating. I have a speedometer in front of me which I can glace at. I don't need any auditory reminder to reinforce what I can already see.

Here in Kolkata, we have speed limits on most major roads and anyways I'll be using the good ol speedo to coast just short of the limit. Even in highways I never go beyond 120 and always tend to keep a constant speed since it's good for fuel economy.
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