I accelerate normally when I get a green light at the stop light and
like 95% of the time I'm the slowest accelerating vehicle on the road
and the cars that were in parallell lanes always out accelerate me by
a mile and the cars behind me are always tailgaiting when I'm
accelerating after I get the green light.
About the only vehicles that I out accelerate with normal acceleration
are large trucks and busses.
It's not like everyone on the road is driving a Mclaren F1, Bugatti
Veyron 16/4 or a Ferrari Enzo, they're driving Accords, Camrys,
Explorers, Windstars, etc, but they always out accelerate me.
It's not like people are smoking their tires, I think they're just
I mean it's not like I'm driving a 1987 Yugo.
It's true that I'm driving a car that weighs over 2 tons, but it does
have 205hp@4250RPM and more importantly 280 ft-lbs of torque @
It does 0-60 in 8.2 seconds and 1/4 mile in 16.9 seconds @81.8MPH.
You'd think that a quarter mile time of 16.9 seconds would make a car
about average or maybe slightly above average, but where I live I
guess that's considered extremely bad acceleration even for a
Grandma's Car these days.
With what I consider "normal" acceleration for the car, our 2,9L 960 has me
way out in front of the pack, and the 1,9L Turbo-Diesel Golf has me ahead of
many people (unless someone pushes their car a little - some guy in a big
Maxima or something like that) on an initial start (great low end torque)
and usually until the next light, unless someone decides my 5-10kph over the
speed limit (this is normal for Ontario city roads, on backroads 10-25kph
over is pretty standard, on some 80kph divided highways some people do
almost 40kph over... police fear isn't too high here).
Bad gearing for acceleration or your "normal" is a little less then other
peoples - I think many people around here accelerate too slowly.... BTW if
I'm driving my dads 2003 Golf with a 2,0L gasoline engine I seem to be
behind in the formation for the "ratrace 500" unless I rev up a little
higher in 1st gear.
I think you'll find most/all operators of the other vehicles treat the
accelerator as an on/off switch. And, of course, they're all automatics so
it's not like there's any skill involved in driving this way. If you drive
like them, I think you'll find that they aren't out accelerating you.
Depends if its horse power or pony power I had to get a decent turbo Volvo
as I was being abused for not moving quick enough in my fairlane now they
are still braking when I am well gone moving into traffic
GO GREY POWER .......I have just come home with my wife driving her Turbo
Volvo she scares me stiff never under the speed limit just over mostly and
here in Australia Victoria that means 1.8 miles an hour over and a hundred
and twenty Five Dollars to the police with their faulty cameras maybe more
.one point eight miles an hour +$125 dollars but she likes to give
generously to the police dept .
Gee, and I'll bet you've got real police work that needs doing. We do here.
If the state needs more $$ for whatever, I wish the politicians and police
would be honest about it. As it is, we've got a bunch of police officers
chasing citizens at supra legal speeds for trivial offenses. Invariably,
neither of the pair possess even average driving skills which frequently
leads to accidents - often involving innocents. Whatever they're thinking,
this foolishness surely doesn't make me feel safer on the highways.
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