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Posted: 9/30/2011 8:33:26 AM EST
Do you feel you are going slower in a vehicle compared to here?

When I went to Jamaica, the fastest speed limit I ever encountered in the tour buses was 40 km/h. That's only 25 mph. And it wasn't fast by any means.

40 mph is decent speed. 40 km/h is not.
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 8:35:57 AM EST
I can't tell how fast I am going. I know 100kph is about 60 mph and I estimate from there, but otherwise, I just pay very close attention to the posted speed limit and watch my speedometer like a hawk.
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 8:36:05 AM EST
Depends on whether the speed limit is on a metric treadmill or one calibrated for US use.
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 8:36:46 AM EST
Ya, but they also have signs that say 100.

100 mph is up there; 100 kph is not.
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 8:37:26 AM EST
Originally Posted By Renegade13B:
Ya, but they also have signs that say 100.

100 mph is up there; 100 kph is not.


Exactly my point.

100 km/h is only 60 here. 100 mph is fast.
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 8:38:35 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 8:39:22 AM EST
Nope! Too busy watching for all those people driving on the wrong side of the road!
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 8:39:52 AM EST

Depends on how shitty the roads are. I've been on roads where 30 km/h seemed like breakneck speed.
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 8:39:52 AM EST
The reason they were driving slow in Jamaica might not be related to the metric system.
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 8:39:57 AM EST

Originally Posted By Deej86:
Do you feel you are going slower in a vehicle compared to here?

When I went to Jamaica, the fastest speed limit I ever encountered in the tour buses was 40 km/h. That's only 25 mph. And it wasn't fast by any means.

40 mph is decent speed. 40 km/h is not.

I ridden in cabs in Jamaica....25 mph on some of those roads was plenty fast.
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 8:41:28 AM EST
Originally Posted By DK-Prof:

I find that speed limits in the U.S. are a lot lower than most places I lived in Europe. The 55mph limit on a lot of highways in the U.S. when I first moved here was ridiculous.


that was the energy crisis

cars use a lot less gas at 55 mph

of course, letting people just burn as much gas as they feel like paying for never entered anyone's mind

also, the USA has a shit-ton of highways, some of them have sight distance or geometry problems that limit the speed
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 8:42:08 AM EST
heard today that we (UK) may be getting our limit on the motorways raised from 70mph to 80mph
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 8:42:09 AM EST
Originally Posted By VBC:
The reason they were driving slow in Jamaica might not be related to the metric system.


You have a point there. When you have the Carribean Sea within feet of the road you're on, you want to be careful.
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 8:43:09 AM EST
Islands tend to have lower speed limits regardless of the measurement system.

Canada has 'normal' speed limits that feel just like here. 100 (60) on the divided highways, 80 (50) on smaller highways, 60 (35) or so in town.
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 8:43:17 AM EST
Originally Posted By UKjohn:
heard today that we (UK) may be getting our limit on the motorways raised from 70mph to 80mph


My ex-girlfriend tried convincing me that you guys use KM/H.

Me: The British use MPH like us.

Her: No, they use kilometers.

Me: I've seen Top Gear.

Her: I've been there.

Me:
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 8:44:13 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/30/2011 8:47:20 AM EST by Admiral_Crunch]

Originally Posted By DK-Prof:

I find that speed limits in the U.S. are a lot lower than most places I lived in Europe. The 55mph limit on a lot of highways in the U.S. when I first moved here was ridiculous.

Probably because all you have to do to get a license here is pay $10 and drive once around the block. Driving is a right, don't you know?
So they have to keep the speed limit ridiculously low so that not too many mouth breathers kill themselves or us.
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 8:45:31 AM EST
Originally Posted By UKjohn:
heard today that we (UK) may be getting our limit on the motorways raised from 70mph to 80mph


While that's nice for you, it means fewer pictures of burned-out Gatsos for us to laugh at.
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 8:45:47 AM EST
Originally Posted By allenNH:
Islands tend to have lower speed limits regardless of the measurement system.

Canada has 'normal' speed limits that feel just like here. 100 (60) on the divided highways, 80 (50) on smaller highways, 60 (35) or so in town.


In Windsor, Ontario they had signs in km/h and MPH, maybe cause it's a border town.
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 8:46:42 AM EST

Originally Posted By Deej86:
Originally Posted By VBC:
The reason they were driving slow in Jamaica might not be related to the metric system.


You have a point there. When you have the Carribean Sea within feet of the road you're on, you want to be careful.

I don't think that was the reason intended....
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 8:47:56 AM EST

Originally Posted By Deej86:
Originally Posted By UKjohn:
heard today that we (UK) may be getting our limit on the motorways raised from 70mph to 80mph


My ex-girlfriend tried convincing me that you guys use KM/H.

Me: The British use MPH like us.

Her: No, they use kilometers.

Me: I've seen Top Gear.

Her: I've been there.

Me:
yer mph in the UK i even had my hilux jap import converted to read miles .



Link Posted: 9/30/2011 8:49:04 AM EST

Originally Posted By MVolkJ:
Originally Posted By UKjohn:
heard today that we (UK) may be getting our limit on the motorways raised from 70mph to 80mph


While that's nice for you, it means fewer pictures of burned-out Gatsos for us to laugh at.
not so , they will just set them a bit higher

Link Posted: 9/30/2011 8:50:38 AM EST
When I lived in Australia they had some posted that were 110kmh. Some areas in the outback had no speed limit.
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 8:52:39 AM EST
Originally Posted By Admiral_Crunch:

Originally Posted By Deej86:
Originally Posted By VBC:
The reason they were driving slow in Jamaica might not be related to the metric system.


You have a point there. When you have the Carribean Sea within feet of the road you're on, you want to be careful.

I don't think that was the reason intended....


It reinforces things. A rastafarian bus driver smoking ganga driving along the edge of a cliff.
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 9:10:08 AM EST
i had a Canadian roommate whose car was metric. freaked me out the first time i drove it. i thought i was super speeding in a school zone......
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 9:12:30 AM EST
I know when I was driving 140 KPH in Dubai it felt fast, until I saw the flashing lights behind me to get the hell out of the way.
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 9:14:57 AM EST
Originally Posted By DK-Prof:

I find that speed limits in the U.S. are a lot lower than most places I lived in Europe. The 55mph limit on a lot of highways in the U.S. when I first moved here was ridiculous.


It is stupid. I-17 in Phoenix has a posted limit of 55MPH, but I-10 has a posted limit of 65MPH. I argued about this with a cop friend once (how are you unsafe going 65 on I-17 but not I-10?).
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 9:18:01 AM EST
When I was about 12 or so, we took a family trip to Niagara Falls.

My dad got pulled over doing 75mph in an 80kph zone. He said later, "I thought they were pulling me over for going too slow!"

<–––– Comes from a long line of it.
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 9:20:10 AM EST
Originally Posted By Deej86:
Do you feel you are going slower in a vehicle compared to here?

When I went to Jamaica, the fastest speed limit I ever encountered in the tour buses was 40 km/h. That's only 25 mph. And it wasn't fast by any means.

40 mph is decent speed. 40 km/h is not.


What is odd for me is that I think speed in MPH but distance walking in klicks.
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 9:22:47 AM EST
I've spent a majority of the year in places that run on KPH and haven't noticed any difference.
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 9:26:06 AM EST
Yes, I felt like I was going much faster because of bad drivers. It's not that they crash a lot but they are pro's at near misses... Asia.
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 9:26:19 AM EST
That's why I always shoot 5.56 in my ARs. Feels like the bullets are bigger than those puny .223s.
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 9:28:39 AM EST
Driving in Bangkok it seem like the Daytona 500 everyday. I cant really tell any difference in KPH vs MPH. Taxis there fly anytime they can ....regardless of the speed limit.
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 9:32:38 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/30/2011 9:32:52 AM EST by Silence]
Originally Posted By UKjohn:
yer mph in the UK i even had my hilux jap import converted to read miles .



Yeah, and you have to convert to use them weird size gallons...


Link Posted: 9/30/2011 9:35:13 AM EST
Originally Posted By DK-Prof:

I find that speed limits in the U.S. are a lot lower than most places I lived in Europe. The 55mph limit on a lot of highways in the U.S. when I first moved here was ridiculous.


I used to work with a fellow who came in (legally) to the country from Iran.

He once arrived at work flustered because of traffic. He told me that the cause of the traffic was an accident- a person had managed to somehow launch a minivan up into a tree canopy.

He was amazed and told me that the last time he had seen anything like it was in the Iran/Iraq war!

Considering the number of drivers in the US, the relatively low level of driver education, the national obsession with driving while distracted (aka "multitasking"), the lack of driver re-certification for the elderly and an asshole named Bob I can understand the low relative speed limits.
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 10:08:48 AM EST
I find it best to comply with the local driving customs rather than the local driving laws. Most of the countries I have been in that used the metric system speed limit signs were generally considered highway decorations, not anything that had any bearing on how fast or slow one would drive. I drove accordingly.
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 10:10:08 AM EST
Originally Posted By allenNH:
Islands tend to have lower speed limits regardless of the measurement system.

Canada has 'normal' speed limits that feel just like here. 100 (60) on the divided highways, 80 (50) on smaller highways, 60 (35) or so in town.


110 KPH on most divided (Trans-canada) highways now, although most drive much faster. Generally on a divided highway, I go 120 to 125
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 10:11:56 AM EST
Foreigners drive slow because most of them don't speak English and are busy jabbering away at each other in incomprehensible languages and then trying to translate it into something that makes sense.

Plus their vehicles are often overloaded with farm animals and 'baguettes'
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 10:14:56 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/30/2011 10:15:15 AM EST by Subnet]
The only cool thing about kilometers, is being able to say "It's 10 clicks up the road".

Other than that, fuck the metric system.
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 10:15:34 AM EST
Not really.

Most of the roads we use here are 50 kmh. Given that the level of road maintenance in Sicily isn't what it isin the US, I don't think I would drive too much faster anyway.
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 10:18:24 AM EST
I regularly drive 120 - 130 kph here in Egypt.
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 10:21:37 AM EST
Originally Posted By cyborg543:
Originally Posted By DK-Prof:

I find that speed limits in the U.S. are a lot lower than most places I lived in Europe. The 55mph limit on a lot of highways in the U.S. when I first moved here was ridiculous.


that was the energy crisis

cars use a lot less gas at 55 mph

of course, letting people just burn as much gas as they feel like paying for never entered anyone's mind

also, the USA has a shit-ton of highways, some of them have sight distance or geometry problems that limit the speed


Some are just crappy. Ive used real bad highways in Wyoming and Montana..

Link Posted: 9/30/2011 10:26:29 AM EST
Originally Posted By Deej86:
Do you feel you are going slower in a vehicle compared to here?

When I went to Jamaica, the fastest speed limit I ever encountered in the tour buses was 40 km/h. That's only 25 mph. And it wasn't fast by any means.

40 mph is decent speed. 40 km/h is not.


I suspect you felt like you were traveling slowly because you were traveling slowly. If you measured speed in inches per hour you'd get a large number but you wouldn't be moving any faster.
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 10:32:00 AM EST
Originally Posted By Deej86:
Originally Posted By Renegade13B:
Ya, but they also have signs that say 100.

100 mph is up there; 100 kph is not.


Exactly my point.

100 km/h is only 60 here. 100 mph is fast.


I think you'll find 100 km/h is 60mph everywhere.....
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 10:38:17 AM EST
Originally Posted By DK-Prof:

I find that speed limits in the U.S. are a lot lower than most places I lived in Europe. The 55mph limit on a lot of highways in the U.S. when I first moved here was ridiculous.


a big +1

to drive on a Highway here and to be stuck in 55 or perhaps even 70 just sucks

I like to go fast and would love to be able to drive more than 70. Perhaps this is not possible on all of them but on most it should be possible to drive fast.

but I guess for the sake of the children this will never happen

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