Legal, high speed driving with an electric car can be exhilarating. The roadster has instant acceleration at pretty much any speed I've driven it. This allows me to accelerate onto the highway in no time, and move with traffic with ease. If there is a traffic jam, I am content knowing that I am not contributing to the carbon cloud in southern Ontario.
There are some things to watch for on the highways though. The roadster (especially an orange one), is a visual distraction. I have had cars drift into my lane whilst the driver is busy gawking - or worse taking a picture! Being low to the ground means that many drivers, especially (I've noticed) SUV's, do not see me and merge into my lane. I can fit under a transport truck with ease. Cars often tailgate me trying to figure out why I've got a green license plate. Any object on the road will cause damage. All of this happening at more than 100 km/h.
So I take many precautions. First and foremost, is that I am hyper-aware of all movement around me, directly behind, behind in adjacent lanes, beside me, and ahead of me in all lanes. My mirrors earn their pay. I am constantly planning "escape" routes should dangerous situations arise. One thing I have learnt is that my accelerator (remember instant acceleration) is a better friend than my brake. Most of my escapes involve accelerating out of danger. I look for distracted drivers. I never let my car go where my mind has not already been a minute before. I always try to see about 30 seconds ahead of me, whilst keeping an eye out all around.
It's hard work driving the roadster on the highway. It can be nerve-wracking. It can be downright scary when surrounded by transport trucks.
And I LOVE every moment of it...knowing I am driving fast and being eco-friendly. And driving a fantastic looking car.
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