Re: Next Falcon to get sat-nav speed control?
Your overtaking a truck, its a very long semi with 2 or 3 trailers maybe more, this is very common, lots of trucks Australia does most of its transport by truck, they are slow, they are usually quite long. Sometimes its not clear how long a truck is until you overtake it. Now on this road there is now a car comming towards you at around 100Kmph. You may not have seen it because of a subtle dip in the road, or heat haze, or dust, trees, not having its lights on at night or it may have only recently turned onto the road.. Lots of valid reasons.
Now your doing say ~100Kmph, the other car is doing 100Kmph, the truck is doing say 60-70kmph. You are close to the front of the truck, you might just beable to get infront but it will be close
a) Slam on the brakes, hard, because your going to have to wipe off 60+kmph more like 80kmph, and then try to sneak back in behind the truck. That is of course if there is no one behind the truck. Your not sure, but lets be realistic, yes there are say 5 cars behind the truck.
b) commit to overtaking, accelerate quickly, to say 110 or 120 kmph, quickly and safely overtaking the truck avoiding on comming traffic. You will also be able to put some more distance between you and the truck so others may overtake and there is adiquate braking distance.
c) continue at same speed, hope you can make it, or maybe the other guy will slow down or pull over, or maybe the truck will slow down or turn off. Both unlikely!! Its hard enough for people to do that in shopping centers when traveling slowly or stationary, forget about it when they are doing 100kmph and theres not a lot of space. Thats if they see you and correctly judge your speed and distance.
You can add complications to this as well.
I know in such a case, I would dab the throttle, increase the safety margins and live another day. Sure for maybe 10 seconds I would break the law, I can live with that. I can't live with being indecisive, dangerous and killing a family or two with a head on collision at 100kmph.
Changing throttle resistance at moments like this may not be a good idea, suddenly the driver thinks somethings wrong, hes having problems accelerating, wastes valuable seconds, slams on the brakes, doesn't make it..