Damon Hill attacks 80mph plans

Damon Hill attacks 80mph plans

The Government's proposals to raise the speed limit on motorways to 80mph have angered former Formula One world champion Damon Hill.

Hill said that he rarely drives above 70mph because "it's too stressful", even though he won 22 Grand Prix during a glittering career that ended in 1999.

Consultations are taking place between the Government and motoring organisations regarding raising the speed limit on English and Welsh motorways from 70mph to 80mph. Motorway driving puts stress on a car and it is advisable to have adequatebreakdown cover to guard against mechanical failure.

Hill said to the Radio Times: "Most people aren't safe to drive over 55. Honestly, the speed limit going up to 80mph makes me shudder...

"Because people drive too fast on the motorway. Mostly they drive too fast, too close to the car in front, and they think they know what they're doing. And they don't.

"I used to drive like that and I had a few near misses. My kids have learnt to drive and they're out on the roads and it's dangerous.

"You don't want to spoil people's fun. It's a fantastic day when you get your driving licence, but it is also for some people the worst day of their life. I escaped by the skin of my teeth when I was younger because I was a good driver, but that didn't make it OK."

Hill concluded by saying that today's drivers had "learnt to behave", and added "that's got to be better than a load of spoilt kids throwing tantrums in racing cars".

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