We have all seen them. Signs with numbers that tell us to slow down, or else! But it is all for the greater good, and I'm sure no one could possibly find a reason why not to have a speed limit through residential areas.
Even on the highways, roads built for the speediest traveling through the countries, there are limits, and on the map below, you can see what they are.
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What does the map say
On average, European countries are the fastest, with most of them allowing 130kph (80mph). Even faster than that you can go in Bulgaria, Austria and Poland, and then there is Germany - a famous vacation destination for petrolheads all around the world because of the unlimited highway (Autobahn) section.
It is interesting that England, home of Drivetribe, is among the slowest European countries with the speeds capped at only 110kph (70mph).
But just of the coast of England is a tiny island called Isle of Man (which without going into too much politics is England, but isn't) and it has no highways or speed limits on some roads. This is the second place on Earth where you can drive on the public roads as fast as you are brave.
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In the USA, most states are limited to 70mph, but Texas, being the rebellious state it is, will let you storm down its 41 miles long Texas State Highway 130 at the speed of 85mph. Somewhat disappointing considering that in the past 10 years the USA has built the fastest car in the world, twice! I'm talking about SSC Ultimate Aero TT and Hennessey Venom, both of which cracked 250mph.
In Africa and Oceania, you will find some of the slowest countries in the world, dragging along at 100mph (60mph) or slower. One slip on the 'gas' pedal in a Tesla Model S and you'd be breaking the law.
South America varies widely, just like the countries in the Middle East.
And then, finally, there is Australia. Aussies are allowed to go fast enough, but this map isn't showing one piece of information, and could be considered incorrect. The Stuart Highway, in Australia’s Northern Territory, has one 200km long section between Alice Springs and Barrow Creek with no speed limit at all. It is the third and final piece of public road where you can go as fast as you dare.
Makes you think, why do we have cars that break all these limits at all?
Anyway, answer me this:
What's the speed limit in your country or state?
What's the fastest you've ever driven?
Comment below 👇