This is what my instructor told me also. why then did i get marked down for not going at the max speed limit in my test when it was pishing down with rain and i could hardly see where i was going???Twenty Inch said:My instructor explained it thus (in 2000):
The speed limit is the maximum for a given stretch of road, but:
The driver has a duty to observe an appropriate speed for the conditions.
So the limit might be 70mph on road X, but if there were a thick fog a more appropriate speed would be 25mph and a driver causing an accident by driving at 69mph would not be able to say that he was guiltless as he was within the limit.
because driving examiners can be bastards as there is no come back. my advice to anyone about to sit a driving test is to take the option of having your instructor sit in. he/she can't do anything other than sit and observe, but it stops examiners getting away with murder.buggi said:This is what my instructor told me also. why then did i get marked down for not going at the max speed limit in my test when it was pishing down with rain and i could hardly see where i was going???
Without wanting to sound obvious, my response would be 'well they would say that'.An F1 car can be described as speeding. A car doing 70mph on the motorway can be described as speeding. Both are moving at speed.
This is more about the English language Bonj, and whether we should be able to use words without assumptions being made.
I've had several discussions with speed apologists and used the word to describe cars that I considered to be going fast, or too fast. The response is usually "ah, but they're not speeding. They're within the limit" I think that this is done to try to diminish the impact of the word when it is used to describe drivers who are exceeding the speed limit.
I assume* that there is an element of law implied, i.e. it means going faster than the legal limit, rather than faster than the safe limit, but I don't go so far as to assume that it has to mean being fully guilty of the offence, i.e. if they're only not guilty because of say incorrectly posted speed limits then in my book it's still speeding.Yes. And it's recently come to my attention that others may make this assumption.
I don't. And I wanted to gauge the general view on whether people do.