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#1 jnelsoninjax

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 02:36

I have been watching the BBC series Traffic Cops, and have been noticing that they refer to speed in miles per hour, but distance is measured in meters. I just assumed that England used KPH, which way is it? I am simply curious about this!


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Posted 11 May 2012 - 02:38

We use MPH. We do use the metric system but some things have stayed the old way for whatever reason. Our cars list in both KPH and MPH on the speedometer though.

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 09:06

@Vice: Our cars list both simply because we may travel into Europe, or the Isle of Man, both of which use Km/h

The UK uses MP/H for speed, miles for distances, and metric for measurements both for dimensions (m, cm, mm etc) and liquids (litre, ml, etc) apart from at the pub where you have the choice of either a pint, or half pint. It's very simple.

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 11:14

OK, thanks for clearing that up! So if you travel in Europe then KP/H is used for speed?

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 11:34

It's very simple.

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 23:51

Also we use miles per gallon (mpg) to guage our cars fuel efficiency, but buy our fuel in litres!

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 00:06

From what I can gather from this topic (and I've added a few bits), in the UK we use:
  • Imperial for speed (miles etc. e.g. miles per hour for speed)
  • Metric for some lengths (mm, cm etc.)
  • Imperial for some lengths (inches e.g. penis size)
  • Metric for some liquids (millilitre, litre etc. e.g. soft drinks)
  • Imperial for some liquids (gallon etc. e.g. fuel consumption, pint for buying milk, beer)
Correct?

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 00:10

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 18:06

From what I can gather from this topic (and I've added a few bits), in the UK we use:

  • Imperial for speed (miles etc. e.g. miles per hour for speed)
  • Metric for some lengths (mm, cm etc.)
  • Imperial for some lengths (inches e.g. penis size)
  • Metric for some liquids (millilitre, litre etc. e.g. soft drinks)
  • Imperial for some liquids (gallon etc. e.g. fuel consumption, pint for buying milk, beer)
Correct?

Yeah, pretty much.
Smaller measurements tend to be the metric system, although some older generation people will still use inches and feet.
We're still tied between the two systems so people in my generation have messed up measurements as I see the scale as: mm, cm, metres, miles. Although I know how big the other measurements are.

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 22:44

Yeah, pretty much.
Smaller measurements tend to be the metric system, although some older generation people will still use inches and feet.
We're still tied between the two systems so people in my generation have messed up measurements as I see the scale as: mm, cm, metres, miles. Although I know how big the other measurements are.


I tend to use the imperial even though I'm 22 because I used to work in bnq. I swear that place rewired my brain.

to me though it tends to go mm cm inch foot metre and then the mile.

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 22:46

I have been watching the BBC series Traffic Cops, and have been noticing that they refer to speed in miles per hour, but distance is measured in meters. I just assumed that England used KPH, which way is it? I am simply curious about this!


also try watching police interceptors. much better cars :p

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 22:47

It's strange really, we use metric measurements for everything except speed / distance in miles, and for all weights and measurements except on alcohol which is still measured by pints. It's my hope that we will eventually switch completely to metric as it's a lot easier to do the math.

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 22:50

Anything about roads, cars , distance is old money

Most liquids is metric , barn milk :p

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 02:11

also try watching police interceptors. much better cars :p

I have! They have some cool cars!



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