I find their are two main kinds of drivers; those who can drive and those who think they can. There is so much more to driving than just hitting the pedals and turning the wheels.
I have seen to many poeple driving that really don't know what they're doing. People tend to learn to drive based on normal driving conditions and speed limits. When these people get "too brave" and try to go faster and more aggresive they run into sitiuations they can't control.
I will be the first to admit, I drive too fast and I tend to corner more aggresively than most; BUT... I also know what I can do and what I can't. I didn't go from driving school to speed racer overnight. I slowly stepped up to where I can handle what I do now.
I do follow some basic rules when I do drive above and beyond normal driving.
If I don't know the car (eg: driving someone elses) I keep the speed down and take it easy becuase if you don't know the car, you can seriously over or under estimate the cars capabilities. Baking and steering can change drastically from car to car.
I may speed somewhat on the freeway but I keep it within reason (if there is such a thing) becuase I may know how to drive but as jr's3800 said, there may be someone out there in a Z34 who doesn't and they may panic and lose control and then WAM!, no more Bonneville.
If I don't know the road I don't speed (more than 5 mph or so). There is too much of a chance for curves creeping up on you or a stop sign where you didn't think there should be or even just cross traffic.
If I got passengers I keep it tame. If I get hurt in an accident it'* my own damn fault but if I get someone else hurt, well, something I just don't want to deal with.
I've just seen to many accidents not to be somewhat cautious. There are poeple who drive and then there'* drivers! the difference is all in what you know and how you control your vehicle. You can tell who really knows how to drive when an emergeny situation appears. Do you keep your calm and carefully drive around the incident or do you freak, let go of the wheel, and scream out load while you plow into someone else?
These are just my thoughts. I by no means condole aggresive driving (do as I say, not as I do -
) but if you are going to, you need to know what your doing. Out of all my friends I am by far the worst ofender of the basic traffic laws but I have only 1 speeding ticket (8 years ago) and never been in an accident.
Although I've had a few people almost cause some that included me. Quick thinking save me from them.
I am a firm believer that a 16 year old shouldn't get a Z28 for a first car
, parents shouldn't pay for their car repairs and insurrance (teach some auto responsibility)
, and driving is a privledge not a right.
Just a side note: I had a friend who rolled his late 80'* early 90'* Bonneville after falling asleep at the wheel doing over 55mhp.
He walked away with minimal injuries (scratches, etc...).You just gotta be careful and aware of road conditions AND driver conditions.
I got a lot more to say but I think this is enough to get my point across.
Just because you can, doesn't mean you should!