Originally Posted by 65535
I take it FallenAngel doesn't posses his license.
About 6 years of experience and a full G license (yes, in Canada we have G1->G2->G), thanks for asking.
Originally Posted by plainsong
Ok, how many kids should he be aiming for at one go then?
Have you ever been near an elementary school when it lets out? Did you read the part of the post concerning the speed of surrounding traffic as well as kids darting into the street?
But no let's go the speed LIMIT. I guess we'll be seeing you in a Fark headline soon.
When you put it in terms of how many to aim for, I'm sure you're expecting a very thoughtful answer, so I'll ignore that comment.
Yes, I already said I drive regularly by an elementary school beside my girlfriend's house which is on a small 1-lane in each direction street, with parking on one side and an uncontrolled crossing (no stop sign or light, just a couple of lines on the road saying "Children Crossing") and it's the obvious choice to slow down when approaching it, but being a school zone, the limit is already 40 km/h (25mph). We're talking about a residential area somewhere beside a school.
Actually, when school lets out, it's the mothers in minivans and SUV's that I'm most looking out for, they act like much more of a danger to themselves and others than the kids. As for kids darting into the street, I personally have never seen any kids running headlong into traffic, even right beside the school. I guess they do have some sense, unlike the drivers who pick them up. Sure, kids cross the road away from crosswalks and you have to slow down/stop to let them through, but I usually see that in high-school zones vs elementary.
It's also simply logical that if "surrounding traffic" is slowed, you CAN'T go faster unless you hit the other cars, unless of course, you're the first car holding up the rest behind you.
I'm not trying to argue that it's a good idea to slow down in a school zone, but in a residential zone which happens to be beside a school, I see no reason to drive at half the speed limit. Of course, individual circumstances may greatly vary and it could have been a situation where there really were TONS of kids running around the street, away from the school and as per the OP, beside their own house.
Either way, I don't know why this turned into a debate, I was simply expressing my opinion that residential areas are different from school zones and perhaps driving at half the speed limit was unnecessary, just as the instructor thought.
By the way, thanks plainsong
for the FARK headline comment, I've never heard about it before, and I'm sure it'll be a funny read to look over. Too bad you were taking things so personally.