Try this if you haven’t till now :
Day 1 : Drive to your destination while respecting each and every speed limit.
Day 2 : Drive to the same destination, but now push the accelerator pedal harder, driving much above the authorised speed limit
I don’t know if you will agree with me, but in most cases, you will probably reach your destination only 5-15mins earlier as compared to driving within the speed limits. Different reasons can explain why the time difference is not a such big deal.
While the motorway network to and fro the central part and the southern part of the island will allow you to have a larger time difference, same cannot be said for the northern motorways.
Our road infrastructure has worsen even more ever since the installation of an exaggerated number of speed humps and roundabouts at very close distances. Very often, speed humps are found in areas where it does not really make any sense or contribute to the safety in that region. I have also noticed speed humps being installed a few days following an accident on that same spot. I have a doubt about their efficiency, especially if speeding was not really the cause of the accident.
Did you know that according to an article of l’express (February 2010), Mauritius detained the world record with over 3500 speed humps?
On top of that, we have the increasing number of vehicles (currently over 300,000 vehicles) on our roads, contributing to the growing traffic jams in several regions. Authorities have failed to understand why people prefer to travel by their own cars instead of using public transport systems. Instead of improving the bus service (mostly known to be very bad), they are still pondering over the possibility to introduce metro leger, the dedicated bus lanes and whether entrance to Port Louis should be paying or not.
Respect your speed limit and drive carefully, reach your destination safely. However, a small push of your adrenalin level from time to time won’t be deadly if you drive carefully and be responsible while you are handling your vehicle ;)
What do you think? Do you really reach your destination quicker?
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