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Old 20.11.2020, 18:21
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Re: Driving too slow in a 50 km/h zone

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I specifically replied to the portion of Ace1's post where he suggested that people shouldn't be driving at the speed limit as indicated by their vehicle's speedometer, which would seem to be a pretty sensible thing to do) but above that (he mentioned 10Km/h) so as not to inconvenience other drivers.
First off, I'm not talking about inconvenience, but behaviour that can cause others to need to take avoiding action, and secondly I'm referring to those who brake suddenly, and by more than is necessary, when they get to the speed limit sign.

The problem they can cause is due to their unexpected behaviour, for example when a following car has taken their foot off the gas to slowly reduce speed, expecting to drop to an indicated 55 or so once they've got into the 50 zone, but then suddenly find themselves too close behind the braker who's just dropped 30kph in the space of a few metres. It's not about the speed they're doing, or wanting to do, so mush as the sudden action they take that can cause a trail of cars behind to all have to brake quite sharply.

As for speedo underread, it's pretty much guaranteed than any car on its standard wheel and tyre size will overread by 7-8%, so perfectly acceptable to drive at an indicated 55. Yes, there may be others who feel that 60+ is an appropriate speed, but I'm not talking about them (nor condoning it).
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