The discussion is as old as my driver's license. I had just bought it when I was driving my second car on the motorway towards Munich. Car number 1 had gone up in smoke and flames a few days earlier, which is another story. From Nuremberg back then, it was a general speed limit - it was 1984. Tempo 100 or 120, I'm not quite sure anymore, changed the previously flowing into a dense, tough traffic.
I didn't like the trial. My car number 2, by the way, not either. Bored, he got rid of his exhaust system and later made one on V8 in Munich-Schwabing. Not bad, because my red, Japanese coupe looked quite American and hardly noticed with its soundscape in the Schwabing biotope. Other times.
One has to know, however, that the data on speed limits and emissions behavior on the motorways in the Federal Republic of Germany originated in the large-scale trials in 1984 and 85, and have since been continued and supplemented. There have been no large-scale trials in recent years. Amazing in a country that produces statistics for just about everything.
I always liked to drive fast
I admit, I always liked driving fast. I regularly pushed cars that were designed for a top speed of more than 200 km / h to the limit. Mostly it was German or Italian makes, less a Saab. The Swedes are fast too, and they have great engines. But chasing the motorway over long distances, Munich and Stuttgart can do better. Ingolstadt, if you like. In the rearview mirror that was of course politically incorrect and deeply reprehensible. But not a thing 30 years ago to think about. A little less than 2 hours of driving time at night from a hot spot in Munich Schwabing to your home address in Aschaffenburg would hardly be possible today. One of the sins of my youth, in an Audi by the way.
In the meantime I have exceeded 50 and have calmed down. I hardly care about top speed anymore. I like to drive around 140 with cruise control, I enjoy the passage of my antique Swedish cars. I am happy about long ranges and low consumption. Gliding smoothly relaxes, and all of this has something to do with age, but also with reason, climate change and resource conservation.
A general speed limit will come, it's just a matter of time. Traffic is getting denser and resources are scarcer. The increasing number of electric cars will further fuel the discussion. Electric vehicles don't like high speeds in the long run. Your range melts rapidly, the next supercharger cannot be close enough.
General speed limit - an opportunity for our Saabs?
Would a general speed limit be an opportunity for aging cars like our Saabs? The disadvantages of less recent technology are easy to name. Brakes, running gear and lighting systems are not up to date. The background noise at higher speeds does not correspond to today's level. Factors that only come into play above 120 or 130 km / h.
The advantages are bright, light-flooded interiors and large window areas. You travel, you see the environment, and you don't perceive it through the slits of a city armor. Traveling is a private matter. While online cars record the seat occupancy, interior temperature, stops, driving behavior and streamed music and report it to the manufacturer, you stay in the old car among yourself. Only the smartphone and the navigation leave traces, but you can switch them off or leave them at home.
In addition, there is less consumption and less stress when you take it easy. And could a general speed limit not be an opportunity for older vehicles and, in principle, a longer use of resources? Tomorrow I will do a self-experiment to find out how Tempo 120 affects real life.
But before that, the question for the Saab drivers. Do our readers support a general speed limit on our motorways - or do they oppose it? Click here for voting and discussion:
A general speed limit on highways?
- I am in favor! (54% 301 Votes)
- I'm against it! (46% 255 Votes)
Total Voters: 556
How high should the general speed limit be? What restriction do readers see as reasonable?
Which restriction would be reasonable?
- 140 km / h - so that not everyone falls asleep (47% 120 Votes)
- 130 km / h would be ideal (42% 109 Votes)
- 120 km / h would be good (8% 20 Votes)
- 100 km / h are completely sufficient (3% 9 Votes)
Total Voters: 258