Our world is speeding up, and the faster things go makes it hard to take a step back.
Who, for example, has had their mobile internet or NBN drop out and you've gone back to an ADSL connection for the time it takes your provider to sort it out? Hopefully your keyboards have survived the frustration.
Or how about if you're used to regularly driving within a 100kmh speed limit along a certain stretch of road, but one day you find yourself behind a P-plater or perhaps a truck driving safely at 80kmh? Tempers can fray - it's only natural given we're becoming ingrained into a culture of of "faster equals better".
And so we come to Mt Darragh Rd, where a potential speed limit drop is being proposed as an answer to the regional road's horrific history of crashes and fatalities.
Reporting on the many incidents along this road, we know not all are associated with speed. There have been medical issues and tragic consequences to confrontations with cyclists that have nothing to do with the speed limit, nor the condition of the road.
The council says it is undertaking work on the road to improve motorist safety including resealing and guardrail installation. However, at a state government level, lowering the speed limit is regularly seen as a "quick fix" with not a lot of financial outlay.
Aside from the safety aspect of speed limits, other arguments being raised in the local community include increased travel times for road users, particularly those who drive Mt Darragh every day.
Google Maps indicates travelling the 57km from from the Princes Hwy intersection to Cathcart takes 51 minutes. That's assuming ideal driving conditions and sticking on the speed limit for the entire distance - as any driver would know is impractical, but for argument's sake leave it at that.
The 50kmh zone through Wyndham stretches approximately 850 metres and there's an 80kmh zone for around 2.7kmh from the Princes Hwy intersection already - leaving 53.5km give or take. At 100kmh a driver travels one kilometre every 36 seconds. So those 53.5km will take 32 minutes.
Let's now assume it drops 20kmh to 80kmh for that distance. Those same 53.5km would now take 40.125 mins (80kmh = 1 km every 45sec).
Making a difference of just over 8 minutes added to the total travel time.
What will it cost you to slow down? Then again, what will it cost if you don't?