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Old Peter

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Hi All, 


I went the 85 miles to Sheffield to attend the funeral of a former colleague.  Entering the City I fought of the last fuel crisis in which the National speed limit of 70 mph was temporarily reduced, as I was working there mostly at the time.


My route to Sheffield is motley on motorway - M1 - and dual carriageway.  The motorway was restricted for the whole of the journey to 50 mph, but was flowing quite freely, and I stayed in the  inside lane for the whole journey.


When I got to the Cemetery in Sheffield City Centre I checked my MPG on the trip computer and found that the average for that journey was a very acceptable 53 mpg. Pretty good for a 2.7 diesel engine.  The MPG for the whole journey was 47.4 which is also pretty good, as I had quite a few hold ups getting out of Sheffield.


My thoughts?  Should there be more average speed/safety controls on certain stretches of roads rather than the random speed camera on various roads which seem to be more of a revenue generator rather than a safety issue?



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There shouldn't be any cameras at all , they are there just to make money, that's why I love the A303 (in Wiltshire) early in the morning .






P.S. Tonight's star prize goes to the first person who can guess which one of our members has  been caught speeding in a car, on a Tandem, and on a racing bicycle

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A lot depends on where you live, Trevor.

I agree that safety/speed cameras should not be seen on some roads, but on others the Average sped check would be a great idea. We live very close to the A38, and on one stretch, a twisty stretch of road with lorries exiting from a quarry, there is a couple of miles with an average speed check which has saved lives, which is far better than a couple of odd cameras.






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The average speed things are a more sensible idea, if you remember to set the cruise control. I don't go driving fast round the country anyway though, and wouldn't mind cameras if they were purely for safety.


Just renewed my car insurance, the chap said " We can save you this trouble next year by just automatically renewing your policy . " I said to him, " I didn't think of falling for that one, but that is the reason I'm phoning ",


It is one of the insurance companies little scams , they send out renewal notices which are far higher than if you enter the details on their website (£70 pound saved in my case) . But the amount of people who just automatically renew is staggering, and now they want to take it one step further, just do it without telling you how much their !Removed! you for !





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I was wondering whether average speed cameras would also cut down on car emissions --  you do burn more fuel when going faster  -- which would save Governments a lot in expensive measures to reduce the effects of air pollution 

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Ours is huge , you are more than welcome to them up there, not that they work half of the time, there are 22 of them they are gigantic and noisy . It keeps the tree huggers happy, but there again, they don't have to live near them .


Them and the ugly solar panels that are appearing in all the fields down this way are rapidly making sure our beautiful countryside is rapidly being ruined.


It is just the latest fad, just like the ozone layer was .





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