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Date: Sun, 23 Apr 2000 20:45:55 -0700
From: Eu <>
Subject: Re: Top Speed reached on your 900SE?

Having wrecked a 900 GLE some years ago by losing control of it (gravel on the road) I know exactly what you mean. And I partially agree. But, I don't think speed is the cause of the majority of accidents. Poorly performed or even dangerous manouvers and lack of concentration are, IMHO, the main causes for accidents. Obviously the faster you drive the less time you have to regain control in a tricky situation, but speed in itself doesn't necessaraly causes accidents. Of course the car we drive is an important factor; I'd be scared to drive at 120 Kph in some of today's cars but I routinely drive at 140+ Kph (on highways) with my current car (a 9000 T16). And the design and condition of the road is another very important factor. Some roads with discontinuous turns are real traps... Just saying 'drive slower' doesn't equate to 'drive safer'; I've seen a guy roll a car by falling asleep and driving up the side of an hill and he was going at 10 Kph. The vast majority of accidents are fender-benders at low speeds... So my phrasing would be : 'if you want to drive at high speeds make sure you know the road, the traffic and your car; If you don't then slow down.'. Just my oppinion, Carlos A. R. Azevedo P.S. My 9000 T16 does 230+ Kph; don't tell it to the police... * Sent from RemarQ The Internet's Discussion Network * The fastest and easiest way to search and participate in Usenet - Free!

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