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Slow down on the Kings Highway this summer

By Canfan - 9 December 2014 15

ACT Policing is calling on motorists to slow down and drive safely on the Kings Highway this summer, as part of the Kings Highway Road Safety Partnership summer campaign.

The campaign, which launched today (Tuesday 9 December) outside Bungendore, urges drivers to ‘slow down or be caught’ as they head to the south coast along the Kings Highway this summer.

With almost 300 drivers caught speeding on the Kings Highway last summer (December 2013 and January 2014), ACT Policing Officer in Charge of Traffic Operations Station Sergeant Rod Anderson said drivers speeding or driving dangerously can expect to be caught.

“If you speed you will be caught and face the consequences, no matter which side of the border you’re on,” ACT Policing Officer in Charge of Traffic Operations Station Sergeant Rod Anderson said.

“As well as driving within the speed limit, you should drive to the conditions, always wear a seatbelt and take regular rest breaks to make sure you remain alert.”

“For Canberrans heading to and from the coast, make sure you plan to stop and take a break at the half-way point, rather than pushing through a three-hour trip in one go.”

“Plan your trip before you leave and make sure your car is road-ready by checking tyres, windscreen wipers, lights and indicators and oil and water levels.”

During December and January last summer (2013-14), there were 18 collisions occurred on the on the Kings Highway, with one fatality.

“We continue to see too many crashes on this road so keep to the speed limit and allow plenty of time to make sure that you get to your destination safely,’ Sergeant Angus Duncombe of the Batemans Bay Highway Patrol said.

‘Police will be doing all they can to keep motorists safe with a presence on the highway but drivers have a big role to play.”

ACT Policing along with Eurobodalla, Palerang, Shoalhaven and Queanbeyan shire councils, NSW Police, the NRMA Road Safety Trust, Roads and Maritime Services and the ACT Government Justice and Community Safety Directorate formed the Kings Highway Road Safety Partnership seven years ago with the aim of reducing road trauma on the Kings Highway by promoting safe driving behaviours.

(ACT Policing Media Release)

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Slow down on the Kings Highway this summer
milkman 9:48 pm 13 Dec 14

magiccar9 said :

milkman said :

magiccar9 said :

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

Best thing to do if you get stuck in a huge line of cars doing 80-90km/h is to put on some good music and enjoy trip. Your fuel economy will be better as well.

Not entirely true. The constant slowing down and speeding up of the gaggle of cars would actually decrease your economy. Cruising at 100km/h with little adjustment (next to impossible with others in front of you) would result in a better economy.

Google ‘pulse and glide’ as a hypermiling technique. Varying your speed can actually improve economy.

A technique that is only effective by placing the car in neutral or turning it off completely. Keeping your vehicle in gear uses engine braking and let’s face it, being in a train of cars on the Kings Hwy is hardly a place you could P&G.

In a modern fuel injected engine the fuel systenm delivers no fuel when the engine is turning aboive about 1000rpm with no throttle opening. You also have the ability to expand and contract the gap in front of you to smooth your speed changes.

I don’t think it would make a lot of difference either way, frankly.

magiccar9 10:17 pm 12 Dec 14

milkman said :

magiccar9 said :

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

Best thing to do if you get stuck in a huge line of cars doing 80-90km/h is to put on some good music and enjoy trip. Your fuel economy will be better as well.

Not entirely true. The constant slowing down and speeding up of the gaggle of cars would actually decrease your economy. Cruising at 100km/h with little adjustment (next to impossible with others in front of you) would result in a better economy.

Google ‘pulse and glide’ as a hypermiling technique. Varying your speed can actually improve economy.

A technique that is only effective by placing the car in neutral or turning it off completely. Keeping your vehicle in gear uses engine braking and let’s face it, being in a train of cars on the Kings Hwy is hardly a place you could P&G.

KB1971 6:44 pm 12 Dec 14

magiccar9 said :

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

Best thing to do if you get stuck in a huge line of cars doing 80-90km/h is to put on some good music and enjoy trip. Your fuel economy will be better as well.

Not entirely true. The constant slowing down and speeding up of the gaggle of cars would actually decrease your economy. Cruising at 100km/h with little adjustment (next to impossible with others in front of you) would result in a better economy.

That will all depend on your gaps and throttle input. The bigger the gap the less time spent on and off the throttle. You also need a lot less throttle to hold 80 (even with fluctuation) than at 100.

Then there is the effect of wind resistance which increases on a linear scale rather then a sliding scale with speed.

It would be an interesting comparison to make.

Skelinoz 5:23 pm 12 Dec 14

No issues with this, Canberra desperately needs more marked cars on the roads all the time and not for occasions like this. One hopes they will not just be targeting speeders though.

milkman 3:50 pm 12 Dec 14

magiccar9 said :

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

Best thing to do if you get stuck in a huge line of cars doing 80-90km/h is to put on some good music and enjoy trip. Your fuel economy will be better as well.

Not entirely true. The constant slowing down and speeding up of the gaggle of cars would actually decrease your economy. Cruising at 100km/h with little adjustment (next to impossible with others in front of you) would result in a better economy.

Google ‘pulse and glide’ as a hypermiling technique. Varying your speed can actually improve economy.

magiccar9 1:54 pm 12 Dec 14

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

Best thing to do if you get stuck in a huge line of cars doing 80-90km/h is to put on some good music and enjoy trip. Your fuel economy will be better as well.

Not entirely true. The constant slowing down and speeding up of the gaggle of cars would actually decrease your economy. Cruising at 100km/h with little adjustment (next to impossible with others in front of you) would result in a better economy.

KB1971 12:33 pm 12 Dec 14

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

KB1971 said :

Tenpoints said :

Cheap cars with inaccurate speedometers? Where on earth did you get that information from?

Usually on the drive to the coast in the holidays you get stuck in a long train of cars lead by either a slow caravan or other driver. That’s how it is in peak times. There’s generally jack squat you can do about it without putting everyone at risk with dangerous manoeuvres. Given everyone has the same destination, it’s almost the same as jumping a queue. Want a fast run to the coast? Do it at 2am on a Tuesday.

Same thing happens in the snow season and the train usually cruises along at 80-90 anyway so it’s not really going that slow.

Best thing to do if you get stuck in a huge line of cars doing 80-90km/h is to put on some good music and enjoy trip. Your fuel economy will be better as well.

Yep, my car has comfy seats, AC and a stereo that drowns out the kids……what more could you want!

VYBerlinaV8_is_back 10:52 am 12 Dec 14

KB1971 said :

Tenpoints said :

Cheap cars with inaccurate speedometers? Where on earth did you get that information from?

Usually on the drive to the coast in the holidays you get stuck in a long train of cars lead by either a slow caravan or other driver. That’s how it is in peak times. There’s generally jack squat you can do about it without putting everyone at risk with dangerous manoeuvres. Given everyone has the same destination, it’s almost the same as jumping a queue. Want a fast run to the coast? Do it at 2am on a Tuesday.

Same thing happens in the snow season and the train usually cruises along at 80-90 anyway so it’s not really going that slow.

Best thing to do if you get stuck in a huge line of cars doing 80-90km/h is to put on some good music and enjoy trip. Your fuel economy will be better as well.

KB1971 7:04 am 12 Dec 14

Tenpoints said :

Cheap cars with inaccurate speedometers? Where on earth did you get that information from?

Usually on the drive to the coast in the holidays you get stuck in a long train of cars lead by either a slow caravan or other driver. That’s how it is in peak times. There’s generally jack squat you can do about it without putting everyone at risk with dangerous manoeuvres. Given everyone has the same destination, it’s almost the same as jumping a queue. Want a fast run to the coast? Do it at 2am on a Tuesday.

Same thing happens in the snow season and the train usually cruises along at 80-90 anyway so it’s not really going that slow.

This is the whole thing about planning your trip, if you don’t like the traffic, travel on a different day. I do it all the time but noooooo, like lemmings we do it every year.

KB1971 6:59 am 12 Dec 14

Mysteryman said :

Alien Fiend said :

Of course, I stick to the limits – including the 70, 80 and 90 bits. I don’t accelerate on the overtaking lanes – except where there are trucks or caravans etc, and generally enjoy what has become a very pleasant drive.

In my experience, it’s the people who say this who usually travel well below the speed limit and speed up considerably on the overtaking section. Quite often they are driving cheap cars with very inaccurate speedometers.

Hahahahhaaa, I love the assumptions people make here. ….. you have no clue how alien drives so why try to make an issue of it with no basis?

On the issue of inaccurate speedometers, I have a fairly expensive Nissan that reads 7km/h fast. What that means is it is doing 93 while reading 100. There is nothing wrong with the car, it meets the ADR which says that the accuracy must be within 10% +4km/h. This means that the vehicle can be doing 86 and still meet the requirements of the law.

Tenpoints 12:19 pm 11 Dec 14

Cheap cars with inaccurate speedometers? Where on earth did you get that information from?

Usually on the drive to the coast in the holidays you get stuck in a long train of cars lead by either a slow caravan or other driver. That’s how it is in peak times. There’s generally jack squat you can do about it without putting everyone at risk with dangerous manoeuvres. Given everyone has the same destination, it’s almost the same as jumping a queue. Want a fast run to the coast? Do it at 2am on a Tuesday.

2620watcher 9:21 pm 10 Dec 14

Mysteryman said :

In my experience, it’s the people who say this who usually travel well below the speed limit and speed up considerably on the overtaking section. Quite often they are driving cheap cars with very inaccurate speedometers.

I wish we would encourage people to speed up. Im sick of brand new cars doing 85km/h when its signposted 100Km/h. I causes people to do stupid things. Just like the drive between Jindabyne and Canberra.

Mysteryman 8:11 am 10 Dec 14

Alien Fiend said :

Of course, I stick to the limits – including the 70, 80 and 90 bits. I don’t accelerate on the overtaking lanes – except where there are trucks or caravans etc, and generally enjoy what has become a very pleasant drive.

In my experience, it’s the people who say this who usually travel well below the speed limit and speed up considerably on the overtaking section. Quite often they are driving cheap cars with very inaccurate speedometers.

Alien Fiend 6:20 pm 09 Dec 14

Hello Motorists – please be nice and obey the rules.

Fat chance. On my regular trip to the coast I am always amazed by the death wishes of so many drivers. Impatient, up yer arse and taking risks all to save a handful minutes. And it’s hilarious how I always seem to catch up to them at the Bay roundabout.

Of course, I stick to the limits – including the 70, 80 and 90 bits. I don’t accelerate on the overtaking lanes – except where there are trucks or caravans etc, and generally enjoy what has become a very pleasant drive.

So, if you’re in more of a hurry than me, please overtake safely. I hope you don’t crash and hurt yourself (or more importantly, someone else) but I do most sincerely hope you get booked.

I heartily welcome an increased police presence on this road. Bring it on!

VYBerlinaV8_is_back 3:19 pm 09 Dec 14

Maybe we could have the police pleading with us to overtake only when safe, indicate, stay left at overtaking lanes and generally show some semblence of driving skill.

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