pinch wrote:Not unheard of 180 kph! I use the ethniki a lot, and all things taken into cosideration, cattle, strays, most people over 45 never having taken a proficiency (driving) test, you are the worst sort of person one could come across on the highway. Please buy a bycycle, and lower the death rate. A normal person on these roads travels at around 90-120, anything else is bloody stupid!!!!!
Before thrashing around with wild accusations and name calling it might be a good idea to ascertain all the circumstances [or read the post properly before becoming apopleptic].
After the Omalos turn, heading towards Kissamos, there are a couple of stretches where there are several Km between major junctions, armco barriers and no intermediate junctions. The road is wide with an excellent surface and there are long sightlines.
On three of four occasions, very early in the morning on a dry surface and in good light, when there has been no
other traffic in sight, I have put my foot down a bit and done just over an indicated
180kph. As most manufacturers are optimistic with speedometers to the tune of about 10% that's probably nearer 150kph, but we'll ignore that. [By the way, it's a con to make people believe their fuel economy is better than the reality.]
When I've done this I've slowed down immediately when I've see something coming in the opposite direction [where there's no central barrier] and eased off if there's anything in the distance heading in the same direction. I never attempt to overtake until I'm certain the driver ahead is aware of my presence, nor do I "tailgate".
The car is built to achieve 225kph/139mph [manufacturer's claim] and, perhaps just as significantly, to stop from that speed so it is nowhere near its limits. In the above circumstances 112mph [indicated]/180kph isn't excessive.
Oh, I also have a built in brake; it's called a wife.
If you travel at 90kph on much of the Ethniki some might consider you something of a mobile chicane. Driving too slowly in various situations can also be dangerous. But, without knowing all the circumstances, I wouldn't be so crass as to suggest a pinch might wake you up.
PS Since I've haven't been involved in any way in an accident with another vehicle since about 1968 I'm not sure how I might have cut the death rate.