Since we first started to hold sessions out at Postbridge we have had criticism concerning the fact that the road is fenced and when we first started it was all about animal safety. This is true but my argument has always been the speed limit on that road is still 40 mph and we do not get the choice of which laws we are going to obey.
However just to put your minds at rest I have included a couple of photos of a car that was badly damaged when it hit a cow. I am not suggesting he was speeding, we have no evidence of that but he did hit a cow on a fenced road. Now I think a walker had left a gate open but whatever the reason animals do get out onto the road from time to time. Just something to think about.
If I exceed the speed limit, does it mean I will kill an animal? Well the simple answer to this is no but what it does mean is it will take you much longer to stop. Imagine you come around a corner and there is a Pony or a Cow in front of you, by the time you see it you are still 118 feet away from it and you brake hard. If you are doing 40mph or less, you will stop with the animal looking at you through the windscreen. If you are doing 50mph then you will hit the animal and carry on for another 57 feet and may well have the animal sat on your lap having come through the windscreen. Your car will be written off and you may be seriously hurt.
We recently had a car doing 80mph, this car would have hit the animal and carried on for another 298 feet. The car would be a write off and almost certainly the driver would be dead. Is it really worth killing yourself for? Just take a few more minutes and slow down. Never expect the animal to get out of your way, it may not.
|Speed||Reaction Distance||Braking Distance|
|30 mph||44 feet||45 feet|
|40 mph||59 feet||80 feet|
|50 mph||73 feet||125 feet|
|60 mph||88 feet||180 feet|
|70 mph||103 feet||245 feet|
|80mph||117 feet||320 feet|