I agree. I really hate people who tail-gate as I am sure most have no idea of their or their car's capabilities to stop. I feel that the driving tests in the various states need to be much stricter. I firmly believer that driver's education must include a defensive driving school where students would experience, true reaction time, and maximum braking and turning in dry and wet conditions. Most parents are not qualified to teach their children to drive!!I think the problem is with the statement "Most are not safe to drive over 55". I suspect most are not safe to leave their driveways, much less 55. I'd love the see the statistics behind his statements.
Texas is about 800 miles wide, and I've driven across it more times that I want to remember. Thank god it's now 85 across west Texas.
I think Damon Hill hasn't really lost the plot. There is some truth in what he says, and some of it may haven been taken out of context. I don't particularly like the fact that I have to share the highway with other people who are not focused on driving. You see them all the time, texting, talking on the phone, reading newspapers, etc. I even saw one person drinking coffee (I assume) with a giant porcelain mug in one hand, and holding a cell phone with the other hand. There is no cup holder large enough for that mug.
Tailgating? I don't understand why people do that. When I drive the family van, I really don't care if that person is too close to me. It matters a lot when I am in the SLK. The 60-0 mph stopping distance is about 115 feet. Guess what that f&^*ing Ford 150 tailgating me has for stopping distance? 194 feet at best. I'm not going to live if I have to slam on my brakes to avoid an accident. Oh, the irony.
I just want people not to hang out on the overtaking lane if they are not overtaking. If it is only a two lane highway, guess what? The fast lane is the overtaking lane. I hate it when people hang out on the fast lane and keep 5 mph below the posted speed. Even worse if they are doing 10 mph below the posted speed and drive side-by-side with the vehicle on the slower lane. That behavior only encourages road rage, and my fear is that some other idiot will do something rash and cause an accident that will involuntarily involve me, and or kill/hurt innocent people around them.
Don't even get me started on people driving in the rain, or even worse, intermittent bright sunshine (driving into the sun, with buildings or trees that block out the sun intermittently). I wish we had StarTrek transporter technology for those idiots.
People can't drive when it is dry, they can't drive in the wet. For that very reason, I avoid going to Tahoe in the snow, because if they can't drive in the wet, I'm not even going to want to be around any of them in the snow!