It’s a difficult topic. Like always when it’s more about “want” then “need”. There have been some discussions about it here already and they have always been controversial. I know it’s a fact that with higher speeds the danger of serious or fatal crashes increases. But that’s not the whole story.
Talking about myself the first time I reached the 200 kph was at driving school. I had an instructor with good nerves and obviously a bit of trust in me as he told me so accelerate as much as I dare. I obeyed 😉 . Since then I always loved to go fast and living in the land of the autobahn I had lots of chances to do so. And through that I have learned that it’s not only about the speed but even more about the circumstances.
It’s a lot about the driver’s ability to judge the risk of going north of 200 kph in a certain situation. I’ve always felt that driving above 200 kph feels like another world. And it’s something you have to get used to to learn how to react in certain situations. And you need to be aware of the dangers, sometimes you might even need a sixth sense.
When I see those big limousines, mostly of the big three German brands, hunting each other on the autobahn in heavy traffic I am sometimes not sure if they’re insane or if those cars with their huge amounts of assistance systems give the driver a feeling of invulnarability. Well, I hope that those guys will be tought by the police how to behave in traffic because I don’t want to be hit by one of them.
On the other hand there are those rare occasions when on the right time and on the right part of the autobahn you can even go 250 kph without engangering yourself or others too much. And I really enjoy those occasions a lot.
I know what some are about to say: 250 kph are a huge danger in itself even though I try to do my best to keep risks low. I know that. Just like I know the danger of smoking and don’t quit that either. You just can’t exclude every danger from life and, to be honest, if you ever seriously think about all the dangers in traffic you would possibly never enter a car again.
What I wanted to express is that I don’t think it is complete madness to go 200 kph or faster. But it surely can be. So drive safely and be aware!