Hurope must become independent of Russian oil and gas as soon as possible. Therefore, Luxembourg Energy Minister Claude Turmes called for a coordinated speed limit in addition to two days in the home office at the EU level. Because slower cars consume less fuel. Combined with car-free weekends in major cities, Turmes estimates that 2.5 million barrels of oil could be saved.
The proposal makes sense – in light of the impending oil embargo and expected bottlenecks, every opportunity to save should be seized. But even after the war, the general pacing in this country is too late. Germany is the only country in Europe where free citizens are still allowed to race freely on the motorway – if they are not driving into the next traffic jam or have to slow down to 80 due to a construction site. Yet every government is so far moving away from setting the pace. Even the traffic light, observing the FDP.
Fewer people die
Slower cars also burn less fuel in peacetime — with consequences for that: According to a study by the Federal Environment Agency, speeds of 130 km/h can reduce annual carbon dioxide.2Reducing emissions by 1.5 million tons, and at a speed of 120 may reach two million tons. Stop, top speedometer opponents: This is marginal; What fuel you save in a month, the rest of the world does in ten minutes! But on the other hand, given the tragedy of the climate crisis, every ton of carbon dioxide saved has its significance2. On the other hand, in a country that likes to brag about its leading role in protecting the climate, there can be no argument that the rest of the world should not care about carbon monoxide either2– Scissors expelled.
As for the opponents’ other popular argument, the number of accidents: the number may not drop so starkly. But even if a few people died, wouldn’t that be reason enough?
Most Germans support speed limit
According to a study by the German Economic Institute, 77 percent of drivers actually drive slower than 130 km/h on open roads. And this can also be an argument for opponents – why are they still regulated by law, which for a long time was the norm anyway, and a quarter of motorist gossip? And the opposite is also true: why not make everything that the majority of Germans consider reasonable? According to a recent survey, the majority of Germans are in favor of speed limitation. Even in a recent poll of ADAC members, 50 percent were in favor.
In any case, the movement behavior of the Germans will change dramatically. Many of the younger generation no longer have a car and prefer to travel by train. Once our electronic cars are controlled by computers that accelerate independently on the highway, keep their distance and avoid traffic jams in an efficient and effective manner, it is likely that this will further desecrate the condition of the car: away from an emotional distinguishing feature towards a single mode of transportation from among many. One can find this unfortunate, but the end of the German special track will come one way or another. Perhaps Putin’s war is a catalyst for the realization that freedom is not measured by the angle of the throttle.