By Anonymous - 16/12/2012 00:03 - Germany - Mannheim
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20 km/h over the speed limit and you're freaking out? ydi for being an annoying backseat driver
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How are people saying its no big deal?? Speed limits are there for a reason idiots. And yes, people most definitely do get pulled over for doing 20+ the limit; at least in Canada. I just hope I never have to drive with any of you numbskulls on the road.
There are tons of calculators online that will tell you what 20 kmh is in mph, why are there so many wrong answers? I also seriosly doubt going over the speed limit by 12 mph is that huge of a deal anywhere in the world, but it is a big world. Where I live cops don't stop you unless you're going 15 mph over the limit. Try doing just 12 mph over the limit on the expressway in Chicago during rush hour, that shit will scare the crap out of you.
20km/h over the speed limit where I'm from is enough to have your car impounded. We can't know for sure whether what OP's brother was doing was really dangerous. We have no idea of the weather or traffic. So for all we know they could have been in an empty road on a sunny day. Although OP is from Germany, I am assuming it's snowing there at the moment, and since they were driving to a mall there was probably some traffic, etc. So what he was doing probably was fairly dangerous. I mean, endangering other people is a dick move to make.
Well depending on what law you are abiding, you could be breaking a law. Well at least in the state I live in, it's possible. Yes, there are speed limit signs all over, but if traffic is going faster/slower than the posted limit, you must follow the flow of traffic for safety reasons. Going slower than the flow of traffic can be dangerous depending on how traffic flow is.
#47 Very true. You get pulled over and given a ticket/points if you go over the speed limit by 10%. Her brother would have definitely gone over that limit, but I still think she deserves it if she already knew he was (what she considered) a psycho behind the wheel. I'd never ask anyone to drive me somewhere if I considered them unsafe.
Interesting to hear all of these view points from around the world. Where I'm from if you're not going 20km/h over on certain roads you are actually causing a hazard to other drivers, you essentially become a moving road block. The attorney general has openly stated that any tickets for going less than 10km/h over are to be thrown out. I guess it really depends on where you are in the world.
OP is from Germany. I'm stationed in Germany and most parts of the autobahn (highway, motorway, etc) have no speed limit. On country roads standard limit is 100 kmh (62.5 mph) and city standard is 50 kmh (31.25 mph) it's very common for local Germans to do 10-20 kmh (6.25 - 12.5 mph) over the limit even in the cities. Although OP is technically right, I imagine he was being overly hysterical to get kicked out of the car. Or else his brother really is a psycho (then he should have known to shut up and deal with it) ydi
I can't think of anyone who actually drives at the speed limit all of the time. Being a motorcyclist I am very aware of the dangers on the road, and 20kph over the limit is well within safe conditions, unless you have the reaction time of a sloth on LSD (which I would love to see). It is perfectly safe to exceed the speed limit most of the time, just drive however fast is safe.
Three thoughts: 1 - 20 km/h = 12 mph. You may just be the biggest wuss on the planet if 12 over on the highway is a speed worth freaking out over. 2 - If he's such a "psycho" driver, why is it your car, not his, that's in the shop? 3 - You're in Germany, thus you're lying that there's a speed limit on the highway.
Maybe he got his driver's license from a fortune cookie! Maybe he got his manner's from a junkie, and maybe you got your nerves of steel from wheaties! Either way, get the fuck out!
I think you shouldn't scream in these situations just ask him politely to slow down
It's hard to be polite when you think you're going to die. I do have a lead foot and my mother has freaked out in the car many times due to my driving. So far I haven't gotten in any accidents, which I'm thankful for. On the other hand, I've been on the other side of that, in the passenger seat with a new driver. It's incredibly scary because they do tend to make more mistakes. They overturn, they turn too quickly, they slam on their brakes instead of gradually applying pressure. They don't hesitate at intersections in case someone decides to run the light. Some new drivers are excellent though and are great with abiding by the general rules of the road. Possibly because they've had classes, but I've gotten in the passenger seat with a new driver that hasn't taken any classes. It's scary. I'm not saying that the driver in this situation is a new driver, and maybe he should be more cautious, but if that's the way he drives and that's how he's used to driving (and not just being an obnoxious dick), then he probably knows what he's doing.
Dude, there's a reason you won't lose your drivers license for driving 20 km over the speed limit. Though it might not be allowed, it is not life threatening, but it does require a bit of extra concentration. You shouting at him will break his concentration, making something slightly dangerous truly life threatening. So YDI for being such a pussy and not believing in your own brother. Also, since he's your brother you probably know how he usually drives and if you have a problem with that: Don't ask him to drive you. Also people, realize it's 20 km over the speed limit not 20 miles.
It depends how he was driving. If you're just staying in one lane going 70-80k its not bad. But if there's other cars on the road and you're swerving between them it's REALLY dangerous, especially since its winter right now and its easy to lose control (I'm assuming they have snow in Germany right now, but I'm not sure).
8- your an idiot it is "life threatening the reason there is a speed limit is because that road it not suitable for anything higher, also if everyone else is doing 60 and your doing 80 your going to have a hell of a time avoiding cars. You lot are idiots or have never drove a car, in Australia we say wipe of 5kmp it saves lives
In Australia, if you go 20kms over, you will be fined $800 and your license will be suspended. Why you ask? Because Australians know that being a fucking dumbass gets your ass killed. 20kms does make a difference especially when the driver is a phyco who pays no attention to the road rules or the people surrounding them.