Motorists, disown your inner Toad and the need for speed | Gwyn Topham

Motorists, disown your inner Toad and the need for speed | Gwyn Topham
Drivers have become desensitised to their velocity. Life will be sweeter, and safer, if we all slow down

Top Gear hangs by a thread; and soon, for many urban motorists, even third gear may be a thing of the past. The 20mph speed limits that have spread across the streets of Bristol and Brighton, and will soon cover most of Manchester and Edinburgh, are now set to keep cars in check on London’s bigger, arterial roads. The move that has delighted safety campaigners but left motorists fuming is perceived, for better or worse, as a radical nationwide attempt to slow down traffic.

In the week when Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson was suspended, a clampdown on speed appears to have been felt by some as the latest blow to the virility of the untrammelled driver. When daily work for many has been physically reduced to clicking a mouse in an office, the act of flooring the pedal is perhaps one last hurrah for the hunter-gatherer within: a need for speed, as natural as allegedly punching one’s TV producer.

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Source: Guardian Transport

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