Re: "City seeking support for lower speed limit," Nov. 18.
I have driven more than a million kilometres over 30 years and have driven in many countries around the world, so I could not believe it when I read that a councillor wants to impose a 40-km/h speed limit in Victoria.
Traffic moves so slowly in Victoria streets, it is a butt of jokes across the country. A car is not designed to go less than 30 km/h - it's actually quite difficult to do, I just throw the car into second and let the engine struggle to remain at 30 with my foot off the gas.
Slow driving does not make for good driving. It supports a non-alert mentality and lazy driving. In Europe, where speeds are considerably higher, one drives with intent and you have to be alert or you will cause an accident. A German does not think about holding a cellphone when the 18-wheeler behind him is flashing its lights at 185 km/h in the rain. Furthermore, German accident rates are considerably lower than ours.
Why? Because German driving skills are considerably higher than ours.
A car is not an armchair on wheels. No, drive with determination and intent, know how to stop progressively without crawling to a light, and take off with purpose. Know how to park in one go, not six attempts. That's how to drive a car.
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