Why Do Most People Drive at The Speed Limit in Wet Conditions?

I live in metro Melbourne and rarely drive in regional areas.

Today, I was driving on the Hume Freeway, and the rain was significant at times. Even though I felt it is quite unsafe to drive at the normal speed (110km/h), most drivers seemed to care less. I felt that I might lose grip. I ended up driving around 95-100km/h on the left lane to see vehicles piling behind me before overtaking.

What would you do in these conditions?

Poll Options

  • 804
    Drive at the normal speed
  • 280
    Drive 10-15 km/h slower
  • 42
    Drive 10-15km/h faster

Comments

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    there's really no problem driving at speed limit in rain, especially on wide freeways like Hume. Not a whole lot of cars near by, lanes are generously wide and straight.

    In small to moderate rain. Just turn on your lights which a lot of drivers with no automatic lights seem to forget. have a car with esc, wipers on, dont stay too close to a car in front that's splashing water, and probably most importantly, demist your windscreen when foggy. After that it's just cruise and business as usual. Its so easy nowadays with adaptive cruise and lane assist.

    Though you might need a bit more care when rain is a lot bigger, have more cars around or you're driving a light car with high centre of gravity. Driving to the condition as they call it.

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    Any recommendations for good value tyres that are safe in the wet?

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      Kumho are good but the cost depends on your vehicle type. My hatchback was $160 a tyre, my AWD was more like $230 a tyre.

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        Thanks. I have a Subaru Forester, can see some inside wear on at least one tyre, kid is about to go for their Ps soon so want to ensure the tyres are reliable.

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    Speed limits are in place to accommodate for low
    skilled drivers in low condition driving. The govt feels confident that old grandad who can't remember your name can drive to beach road at 80kph down the nepean for his coffee every morning, and that's the end of this debate.

  • +2 votes

    More so, why do people sit in the right lane doing under the speed limit in all conditions?

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      The slower you drive, the less likely you are to have an accident. Duhh

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        Let's make suburban speed limits 10kmh

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          Hoon!
          0km/hr = 0 road deaths

  • +2 votes

    i drive 5-10km slower and extra space in front.

  • +2 votes

    I try to drive to the conditions. Coming back from the central coast to Northern beaches, on Saturday. I was driving around 10km under more when it got heavy/lot of water on road etc etc. Some people have NFI, and one wrx about a minute or so in front of me (after he shot passed me), found the wall. They were ok, car gone. Range rove flew passed me and as they went by, did a little aqua planing wiggle, but kept on going at his speed.

  • +1 vote

    Op I recommend watching the Dash Cam Owners Australia YouTube channel to get a broad understanding of what happens on Australian roads. Contains many videos of accidents happening in the wet and dry. Overall a highly valuable resource providing viewers insight and foresight on how to survive on the road.

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      Also a good way to get a phobia of being on the road.

      • +1 vote

        A phobia? Really? Should look at it as more of an instructional tool on how to avoid being a bad driver lol

    • -1 vote

      Scott's Car Cameras is probably the most another (mod: edited) popular Australian dash cam video site on YouTube. Shows how many bad drivers there are on the roads. Not just in wet weather. Just be mindful of the blue language some of the Aussie camera posters use.

      • +1 vote

        How is that channel more popular than Dash Cam Owners Australia exactly??? What metric are you going off?

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          g12345567 AKA Scott - click here to like my vids :))

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            @oO0Dam0Oo: Don’t take it personally just having a laugh ;)

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        Dash Cam Owners Australia has more than 8 times as many channel subscribers than Scotts.

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      Thanks for hours of entertainment lol. Didn't even know these channels existed.

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    Ehhh why no below speed option

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    it's all fun and games till you aquaplane