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Old 07-15-2018, 12:19 AM
 
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Originally Posted by noid_1985 View Post
A speed limit of 55 on the interstate is outdated
Why would say that? If its due to cars being built differently today, well, that doesnt matter, the 55 mph speed limit is more for the human error part, they felt 55 was the fastest speed most drivers could handle, it doesnt matter if they are in a ferrari or a focus, speed is speed.
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Old 07-15-2018, 03:08 AM
 
Location: Staten Island, NY
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I think MOST drivers (my estimate is about 90%) think that "speed limit" means the MINIMUM speed you should be going on the interstate. For those of you reading this who don't know..its the MAXIMUM speed you should be driving.


Interstate drivers routinely drive 70 80 mph's where the speed limit causes for 55...and if your going 55, they actually zoom past you upset because your not going 80.


Do you think that most drivers know what SPEED LIMIT means?
Just get the **** out if the way you slowpoke. I own 3 cars that can do well over 150 mph. I didn't buy these cars to drive 55 MPH.
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Old 07-15-2018, 03:11 AM
 
Location: Staten Island, NY
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I do the speed limit and always stay in the right-hand lane. My badge has no effect on the CHP if I get pulled over. Plus, I have a CDL and in California, you're not eligible for traffic school. I have no desire to see my insurance rate go up.
The highway cops in NYC are jerkoffs too. They will let you off if you kiss their ass hard enough during the traffic stop.
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Old 07-15-2018, 04:05 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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If you removed all the speed signs and measured the speed that each driver chooses and you plotted the result in a pareto chart, the proper speed limit would be where about 80% of the drivers choose.

For a 4 lane divided highway on a straight line in excellent weather, that speed is about 80 mph.

Our official speed limit is 75; and I choose to drive at 79. I've never gotten a ticket.

I've also driven the Autobahns in Germany at 200 kph in the left lane.

Speed doesn't kill; stupid road raged and drunk drivers kill.
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Old 07-15-2018, 05:49 AM
 
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I think MOST drivers (my estimate is about 90%) think that "speed limit" means the MINIMUM speed you should be going on the interstate. For those of you reading this who don't know..its the MAXIMUM speed you should be driving.


Interstate drivers routinely drive 70 80 mph's where the speed limit causes for 55...and if your going 55, they actually zoom past you upset because your not going 80.


Do you think that most drivers know what SPEED LIMIT means?

I don't know a single person who thinks the posted limit is the minimum. Reading between the lines, it seems like this thread is really about you not being happy that everyone is comfortable driving faster than you.
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Old 07-15-2018, 05:54 AM
 
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What's wrong with getting in the slow lane and letting them do their thing?
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Old 07-15-2018, 05:54 AM
 
Location: The analog world
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Just a thought, but maybe the interstate just isn't for you?
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Old 07-15-2018, 05:55 AM
 
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A speed limit of 55 on the interstate is outdated

A lot of folks out there drive poor handling vehicles (pickups, SUVs) and probably shouldn't be going much faster than 55. A good handling car feels like its standing still at 55 and can still make evasive maneuvers in an emergency. An SUV or truck, not so much. If everyone drove a decent handling car, I'd be on board with an 80mph+ speed limit. However, between distracted drivers and pickup/SUVs, 55 is closer to realistic, although 65 would be probably be OK.
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Old 07-15-2018, 06:03 AM
 
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80 in a 55 gets you jail time here.
A very good reason not to live wherever “here” is. Jail for a minor traffic violation?

I normally keep it to speed limit + 9 on the adaptive cruise control on limited access highways and speed limit + 4 on secondary roads. The speed limit is all about opportunity cost. That speed will never get me a ticket. Any faster and I’m risking years of insurance surcharges.
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Old 07-15-2018, 06:11 AM
 
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As usual, a whole bunch of entitled criminals thinking that laws don't apply to them.
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