I was driving down the M1 on Sunday evening after racing at Donington Park.
If you are interested in racing, you can see the pole position lap we did here (opens in new window).
I haven’t done an awful lot of motorway driving in the last year in the UK, but when I have, I’ve noticed that I’m usually overtaking most other cars, despite driving at speeds that 10 years ago were considered completely normal for most drivers…
Of course, never exceeding 70mph you understand :-)
But what really struck me on Sunday evening was that I was still passing almost all — I’m talking 99% or so — other cars despite the fact that I was towing our race car back!
I found that after the tax collection camera zone stopped, the vast majority of drivers didn’t speed up again…
If I had to guess, I would say the average speed of drivers was 55 – 59 mph.
On the M1.
So is there anything wrong with this? Not at all! If people want to drive at that speed (as I – more or less – did whilst towing) then what’s the issue? After all we’re free …right?
But it just seemed bizarre to me that almost all Drivers were driving at 55-60mph on a clear motorway, with a 70mph speed limit…
I had nothing else to think about in particular, so I started to ponder why there has been such a change in driving behaviours over the last decade.
The only conclusion I could come up with was that the sheer volume of speed cameras must have collectively *conditioned* us to just not bother thinking about what speed we drive at anymore.
Perhaps its been drummed in to us for so long that the next 50mph speed limit scam for “pedestrians in the road” or “low flying pigs ahead” is just around the corner that we’ve just decided it’s easier to drive everywhere at around that speed.
In other words, are we subconsciously letting the government do the thinking for us?…
So do the government want to slow us down on motorways?
That seems illogical to me. If they succeed in doing that, they *significantly* reduce the revenue that’s needed to pay off their wasteful spending and repayment of the so called “national debt”.
So why have they indulged in this kind of mass brow beating of the Motorist over the last 10+ years?
In my opinion — and let me know if you agree or disagree? — its one of many steps towards almost total control over the population.
I won’t go in to why I believe they want such total control just now, but I’d be interested to know:
a) do you agree (or not) that there is some insidious long term agenda playing out, and that the persecution of the Motorist is a part of that plan?;
b) if you do agree, what do you believe the reason might be?
I’m very interested to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
All the best,