70mph Limit Too Fast?

Damon Hill, the former F1 Champion has suggested modern drivers should ease up on the motorway fast lane.

Speaking to the Radio Times, Hill has confirmed support for a reduction in motorway speed limits from 70mph to 55mph. The comments from Hill, who spent much of his career around the 200mph mark, will puzzle a growing consensus looking to increase the top limit to a relatively conservative 80mph.

51-year old Hill told the Times:

“I am a big fan of the 55mph speed limit. Most people aren’t safe to drive over 55. Honestly, the speed limit going up to 80mph makes me shudder…Because most people drive too fast on the motorway. Mostly they drive too fast, too close to the car in front, and they think they know what they’re doing. And they don’t.”

Hill’s comments find accord with The Road Safety Foundation who have suggested England’s motorways will fail to provide protection to quicker cars and drivers.
However, Transport Secretary Justine Greening backs the 80mph speed limit. Indeed, it might not be quick enough for the 43-year old who suggest drivers should drive on motorways ‘as fast as possible’.

AA president Edmund King also thinks the limit should be raised:

“Our view is that 80mph in a modern car, in good weather, driven at a safe distance from the car in front is a safe speed. Whereas 50mph in bad weather, tailgating the car in front is a very dangerous speed.”

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