Article in today's Age newspaper [I hope I've put this thread in the right area, and I haven't double posted and I've used the right font] http://theage.drive.com.au/motor-news/1000km-at-130kmh--and-still-alive-20130620-2ok2x.html 1000km at 130km/h - and still alive Certain roads in the Northern territory have a speed limit of 130km/h. Driving at higher speeds can be done safely, as I learnt this month in northern Australia. I recently drove and passengered for almost 1000km at speeds of up to 130km/h during Drive's 17,000km around Australia road test. It was done in the Northern Territory, where many of the main highways are limited to 130km/h, a speed that would earn me a serious fine and potentially lead to a loss of my licence in some states. Opponents and some 'experts' will point to the different roads in the Northern Territory. They're wrong. Some roads in Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia are the same, with the similar hazards, road surfaces and traffic flow. And the Hume Highway between Sydney and Melbourne is in many parts a safer stretch of road, albeit with more traffic. Despite being out of step with other states, the Territory's law makers acknowledge the wide open spaces and sometimes long straight stretches that can comfortably be travelled at higher speeds. Prior to 2007 the Territory had some highways with derestricted speed limits; when the 130km/h limits were introduced the road toll actually increased. Given the vast distances, travelling at higher speeds is a great way to get places - and, contrary to the message we're fed, higher speeds doesn't automatically equate with more funerals. But even with that limit there are times where you'll need to travel well below the sign-posted speed. At night, for example, the wildlife that chance their lives on the road make it prudent to slow down. And some sections of road - especially the Victoria Highway in the west of the Territory - have some windy and bumpy sections, meaning 100 or 110km/h is more suitable. With almost no warning signs on corners on the main freeways it means driving in the Northern Territory relies on that fast diminishing skill of judging the conditions. It's a skill on the wane in most parts of Australia with many jurisdictions effectively encouraging to drive to a road sign. It's not helped by the grossly inadequate driver training in Australia. Teaching young drivers how to park and manoeuvre in tight city streets is not preparing them for the very real dangers of freeway driving and avoiding a crash. That's a separate discussion altogether.