Statistical analysis shows which cars are outliers in regards to safety and fuel efficiency. Easy enough. Take out the human bias.Who made you the judge of how fast, large, and strong a car should be? It may be your opinion that someone's car is too fast, but it's not right for you to dictate what they can buy because you think you know better
Did you miss the part about the Autobahn being under consideration for a speed limit NOT because of excess speeding but because of the cost associated with the excess FUEL CONSUMPTION.Once again, check out the Autobahn and how it operates, and the top-quality cars that are on it, going at average 81 MPH - and a lot faster! You do know, don't you, that Germany manufactures the best machinery in the world?
On the contrary. Unlike some I don't speak to that of which I don't know. Which is why I can't speak to the standards of safety. I can look up statistics about fuel consumption and C02 emissions relatively easy. But, I'm not a civil engineer. Look at the standards set by the MOT (already given to you). Do you presume to think you know more about safety and speed standards than civil engineers trained in such areas?your arguments about speeding into dust when I presented the statistics about the Autobahn and came back with a post about government-regulated fuel consumptions standards
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04-02-2009 10:40 AM #132Even if the U.S. put a $100 a barrel tax on oil, it wouldn't do a bit of good for the environment. We'd use less, drive down the price, then places like China, India and other countries would just use more.
While Americans own only 30 percent of the 700 million vehicles that are in use worldwide, the authors of the report found that cars in the U.S. account for a disproportionate amount of greenhouse gas emissions because they are driven farther, have lower fuel economy standards, and burn fuel with higher levels of carbon than many of the cars in other countries. For example:
U.S. cars and light trucks were driven 2.6 trillion miles in 2004, the equivalent of 10 million trips from the earth to the moon.
U.S. automobiles had an average fuel economy of 19.6 miles per gallon in 2004, for an average annual consumption of just over 600 gallons of gasoline.
Gasoline in the United States contains 5.3 pounds of carbon per gallon. All of that carbon ends up in the atmosphere as carbon dioxide in automobile exhaust when the fuel is burned. So the average car in the U.S. puts more than 1.5 tons of carbon into the air every year.
Drivers have no control over the amount of carbon in the gasoline they buy, but they can control the other two key factors by reducing the number of miles they drive each year and choosing to buy more fuel-efficient vehicles. [For more driving tips that can help you reduce greenhouse gas emissions, see Drive Smart: Fuel Savings Add Up.]
Small Cars Emit More Carbon Dioxide Than SUVs
The study by Environmental Defense found some other surprising facts:
Despite the proliferation of SUVs, small cars such as compacts and subcompacts still account for 25 percent (77 million metric tons) of carbon dioxide emissions on the road. The reason is simple: small cars were the top-sellers for a long time, and cars tend to stay on the road for many years.
Although SUVs currently trail small cars as sources of carbon dioxide emissions that contribute to global warming (67 million metric tons or 21 percent of all U.S. auto emissions), they will soon be in first place and will remain a leading cause of global warming on U.S. roads for many years.
The average new car, led by personal trucks, emits more carbon dioxide than many older cars still in use, so the idea of simply getting rid of older cars to reduce on-road emissions wonâ€™t solve the problem.
04-02-2009 11:45 AM #133
04-02-2009 01:59 PM #134
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Originally Posted by VFaiola2
All those selfish Germans, wanting to go as fast as they please? How dare they!
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"I like maxims that don't encourage behavior modification."
04-02-2009 03:00 PM #135I don't know more than them - but do you think that the speed limits are put at the exact same speed people travel at? They know the average speed will be greater than what the speed limit is, and plan accordingly. The limits they set are ones in which a range of driving behaviors is accounted for, and the limit is set knowing full-well people will exceed the limit by at least 5 miles an hour on regular roads, and 10+ on freeways.
04-02-2009 03:08 PM #136Let's see... we're also one of the most productive nations on Earth.
Check this out:
You'll notice not one American city is on that list.
04-02-2009 03:18 PM #137
04-02-2009 03:35 PM #138So... it's still right to dictate what cars people drive? Hey Vince, I have an option for you for your next car: how about a Metro or a Trabant?
They know the average speed will be greater than what the speed limit is, and plan accordingly. The limits they set are ones in which a range of driving behaviors is accounted for, and the limit is set knowing full-well people will exceed the limit by at least 5 miles an hour on regular roads, and 10+ on freeway
What is the source of the information in this post?
04-02-2009 04:08 PM #139
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