Friday, 7 September 2012

OVERTAKING AT 90 MPH


Radical speed limit change in Wyoming
From Landline Magazine

Overtaking on two-lane highways is one of the most dangerous manoeuvres that drivers can legally attempt and incorrect overtaking is a major cause of multiple-vehicle fatalities.

 A study of vehicles traveling on two-lane highways will show that most drivers exceed the speed limit while overtaking and in doing so they are less likely to run out of over-taking space as opposing traffic comes toward them.

Meanwhile timid over-takers put themselves and others at risk.
With this in mind the American State of Wyoming has approved a novel new law to make overtaking safer, by increasing the speed limit for vehicles initiating overtaking manoeuvres.

The result could be fewer long lines of traffic backed-up behind large slower moving vehicles.

In another move the Wyoming State House is about to raise the speed limit from 75 mph (120 kph) to 80 mph (128 kph) and with the new overtaking speed limit vehicles will be able to travel at 90 mph (144 kph) during an overtaking manoeuvre.

This sounds radical but giving overtakers the extra 10 mph (16 kph) makes a lot of sense and should make overtaking safer.