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The other way is to stop selling cars whose performance characteristics are far greater than the law allows one to drive them.

On American highways, in good weather and traffic conditions, its quite often perfectly safe to drive at 80 mph, sometimes even faster.  So people do, if their cars allow them.  Not all cars can.  My old Toyota Spacio felt very unsafe at much more than 65 mph or so, because it felt like it was about to roll over at any minute.

But the situation would have been much worse if I drove a K Car, or economy car.  They have legally mandated narrow wheelbases, and low maximum engine size, and they are really not supposed to drive on the highways because they just can't handle it.

If, regardless of road and weather condition, you've decided that a maximum speed of 50 is desirable for whatever public policy reason, the you can save everybody a world of agony by legally restricting the performance capabilities of cars so that 55 is about the fastest the car will go.

by Zwackus on Fri May 31st, 2013 at 09:09:18 PM EST
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