Imagining that I'm a magistrate, how do you think I'd receive your holier-than-thou comments?
I've never been stopped for any driving offence, had a speeding fine or had points on my license.
Mmmh yes, but that doesnt mean you havent committed any!
How comes when I use the motorways (which is quite often) I've never been done by a GATSO or SPEC camera system
Until now? Maybe the cruise control on your car wasnt working on this occasion?
every month and not received a speeding offence
Until now? Maybe you always just pushed it a little bit, setting a speed of 55 on your cruise control (doubtless a nice shiny mercedes like yours has a digital readout of the speed the computer will keep), and this time you pushed it a little too far, bit of a rush, moron X5 driver behind, you know..?
If youre asserting that this occasion is no different to any other occasion you have travelled through this set of specs then either:
The computer made a mistake calculating your speed, and youre innocent
You've always sped through these SPECS and this time you got nailed
You tell me; how many times do you think you'd have to do 2+2 on a calculator before it messed up and gave you the answer 5?
I dont see what your point is, with pushing how never having been done for anything makes you some wonderful driver wronged on this occasion. Do you think it will wash in court or something?
or is it that I may be be a decent driver after all!
My test of whether a driver is a good one is not of whether they consistently obey the laws of the roads on which they drive, or even whether they do not get caught when they do offend. It is far more subjective, and I'd need to sit in your car with you at the wheel to know whether, in my opinion, youre a good driver (and that's the only opinion that counts, and it is not the opinion we are debating.)
If it helps you understand further, the legal system doesnt give a monkeys how good a driver you think you are either. Their computer says you broke one of their laws. End of discussion about "good driver", star tof discussion about how to ensure that they followed exacting procedure to nail you with an exacting law
I also thought you'd know and may of read that when you slow down, if there are no vehicles within the vicinity, that there's no need to warn drivers that you are slowing down.
I have some entries on a flame pit thread actually, about that very thing, where I'm proposing the relative merits of NOT indicating when changing lanes on the motorway..
If on the few occasions that you need to slow down with force, then you let others know by pumping your brakes and in certain circumstances, switch on your hazzard warning lights to alert other drivers.
Tell you what. Next time you need to do an emergency stop, please just apply the brakes as hard as you can*, and let the very expensive german ABS system in your nice shiny mercedes worry about keeping the wheels turning so as to maintain directional control, while you keep your eyes on the road, steering gently round potential obstacles like small children, rather than fannying around in the cabin, looking for the hazard warning lights button? Thanks
* you may have heard of a system called Emergency Brake Assist (it may have a different name on your car) where the car works out whether youre performing an emergency stop, and if youre not slamming the brakes on as hard as it thinks you could, it helps slam them on for you. Your little pumping stunt will no doubt confuse the computer into not assisting, and further, pumping the pedal depletes the vacuum servo that assists your braking. While modern cars have significant reserves it is highly inadvisable to deplete it unnecessarily because you lose braking effort to a considerable degree. If you wish to drone on about how good a driver you are, you would do well to avoid making statements that outline the notion that you know nearly nothing about the car you are driving. If you adopt a similar approach in any argument you propose in court, it will be very detrimental to your case!
nb; interestingly, my friend's citroen C5 would automatically put the hazards on when the ABS activated.. I always thought that was quite an innovative bit of thinking from the french. I've never known another car do it.
I'm not thick and certainly not a poor driver!
The grammar and content of your posts is not helping you prove that assertion. Now does any of what you say have any bearing on the legal aspects of your case, or are you just trying to show your ability to show attention to ineffectual and irrelevant detail?
seats that have a massage option.
Do be careful when using those; it may see you in court one day for driving without due care and attention.
And like you've stated, your the best driver in Britain
Well, I've re-read my post a couple of times and I just cannot see where I state this.
Would you stand in court and listen to the judge deliver to you some fact, and counter it with a "Oh, I suppose you think youre so damn clever don't you? Sitting up there, thinking youre some kind of god of the law or something. Youre an insignificant argumentative moron, and I'm better than you because I have a shiny car that I've driven all over the world without so much as a parking ticket, so get off my case"
Can you see? It just.. doesnt look good.
you've never gone over 20, 30, 50, 60 or 70 mph as stated on the roadside signage?
Well youre "not thick", so you'll surely be able to see how when I said "[committed an offence] like every other driver in britain", that would necessarily apply to me too. Now, if you can just kindly point out the moment where I said I'd never committed a vehicular crime..
would be great if all vehicles were only able to go the speed of the stated roadside sign
And I'll reiterate a bit of advice that I follow myself and find invaluable:
(Let's just talk about your vehicle, rather than all vehicles) - Your vehicle can do this! It's amazing: You use your eyes to look for speed limit signs. You then call up the cruise control panel of the onboard computer of your shiny mercedes with the massage seats, and you dial in the same digits that you saw on the speed limit sign, and you hit "cruise". Wow. You can now travel through town at the speed limit with your foot covering the brake instead of the accelerator and gain an extra few tenths of a second in an emergency braking situation, not risk getting your foot caught etc etc. I can't see the disadvantage! Can you?
No doubt you'll replyback with smug comments.
Well, you did invite them.. Overall, I'd like to think this is a learning experience for you, from the standpoint of presenting a sound argument that cannot be picked apart - you may come to rely on these skills if the video evidence holds and you refuse to buy your 3 stripes for that bargain £60
In the meantime, feel free to ask for any advice; I'm not going to feed you a load of cra just because you took exception to a couple of things I said.. but if we can avoid this descending into a playground argument, I'd prefer it