130 km per hour on the highway, an advantage or not?

From 1 September 2012, motorists in the Netherlands may press their accelerator a little further on certain highways and times. From then on, on multiple roads, the maximum speed has been increased to 130 km per hour. Where is it allowed and does it have advantages to be allowed to drive a little faster? Does it save time and is it good for the environment? In the Netherlands it was always very simple. On motorways people were always allowed to drive a maximum of 120 km per hour, normal motorways 100 km per hour and on regional roads the speed was 80 km per hour. With certain exceptions, which were displayed with signs, this was very simple and clear to everyone. But from September 1, 2012, this system has been completely overhauled and can be driven faster in many places. Up to a maximum speed of 130 km per hour.

Does 130 km / h have its advantages?

But does it actually become easier for the motorist and also safer? Are there any advantages to mention that the motorist may drive 130 km / h in some places? Opinions are fairly divided on that. Indeed, many traffic experts say that there is a so-called 'proliferation' of maximum speeds. This in particular because there are many exceptions. These exceptions are not only in certain locations, but also time-dependent. Indeed, there are motorways where the accelerator pedal may only be depressed a little further after 7:00 pm until 6:00 am the following morning.
People already have a lot to do in the car in addition to driving themselves. They look at their watch once, are calling hands-free or look at their navigation. And now they also have to pay more attention to the different speeds. This can possibly together form a (too) high load for the motorist, which therefore negatively influences driving behavior. This will reduce attention on the road and the vehicles around them.

The risks

This means there are more risks of traffic fines and accidents. Precisely because the motorist must remain sharp and alert to the different speeds, there is a greater risk that the driver will drive too fast in places where the speed is slightly lower. On some routes there are namely 4 different speeds. This takes more effort for the driver and ensures that the driver is more likely to drive too fast. If there are always different speeds, this will also cause so-called 'shock waves'. This is also not conducive to the flow of traffic and can lead to congestion and accidents.

Time saving nil

Other adverse effects of driving faster and always having to drive at different maximum speeds are actually that the time savings it generates are zero. This is considered negligible, according to traffic researchers. It is also not beneficial for the environment if the accelerator pedal is pressed a little further.

All in all, it therefore becomes a proliferation of speed limits in the Netherlands. Why those limits all apply is not always clear to motorists. To get a little more understanding sometimes and that they follow the advice as a result, it can be useful to explain why the limit is somewhat lower in various places. This can be for various reasons, such as noise pollution, emission of harmful substances (smog), due to traffic safety and due to crowds.
In this case, time will tell us again in practice whether or not it has been wise to introduce this regulation.

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