Motoring restrictions

February 20, 2007

Parking restrictions. Speed limits. Licensing. Mandatory insurance. Car construction specifications. Tread depth regulations. Exhaust emission limits. Noise pollution restrictions. Toll routes.

They've restricted it all. Every aspect about driving/riding on public roads is restricted. All the fun has been carefully removed and beaten to death with a big law-stick.

Except one. And it's a good'un.

There are no limits on your acceleration. None at all. As long as your driving isn't dangerous, and you're paying due care and attention, you can perform any act of acceleration you like!

Note that acceleration isn't just getting faster. Your acceleration is your change of velocity. That means any change of your speed or direction. That's physics fact!

So, getting faster is acceleration. Likewise getting slower (braking). Likewise, so is cornering (you're actually accelerating towards the centre of the circular path that you're following).

All this means that as long as you're being fundamentally safe and are under the speed limit, you can accelerate, brake and turn as hard as you like legally, which can be damn good fun!

Hooray for Newtonian physics!


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  1. stephenw32768 says:
    February 20, 2007 @ 16:58 — Reply

    "Hooray for Newtonian physics!" Stop that! In Blairite England, you obey the laws of the land, not the laws of physics!

  2. Ciz says:
    February 20, 2007 @ 17:37 — Reply

    Hmmm, I know where I am, but my speedo isn't working... Damn you quantum physics!

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