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Old 02-16-2013, 10:37 AM
 
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I don't know if this is of any interest, but in fuel economy, the difference between 50 mph and 70 mph is that your mpg is halved, (at 70).

Hard to prove, I know, but that's what I've been told.
This is no longer accurate. Better aerodynamics and the advent of 7 and 8 speed transmissions (as well as cvt) have changed the game. Many newer cars get better fuel economy at 80 than 60.
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Old 02-16-2013, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Between Heaven And Hell.
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This is no longer accurate. Better aerodynamics and the advent of 7 and 8 speed transmissions (as well as cvt) have changed the game. Many newer cars get better fuel economy at 80 than 60.
Yes, true, but it won't only be them that are doing 75mph.
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Old 02-16-2013, 12:41 PM
 
Location: southwest TN
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For 40 years, I drove the CT Turnpike (95) heading from RI to NJ and back, nearly once a month. Not once in all those trips, did I make it through that state without seeing at least one serious accident; sometimes I predicted its happening watching someone doing a boomerang around and through the traffic.

So raising the speed limit will only increase the opportunities for accidents, and most likely the severity of injuries.
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Old 02-16-2013, 09:35 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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I don't know if this is of any interest, but in fuel economy, the difference between 50 mph and 70 mph is that your mpg is halved, (at 70).

Hard to prove, I know, but that's what I've been told.
Halved? No way. If you have a 3/4 speed transmission, maybe a few MPG. On anything with 6+ speeds it's negligible. And that's most modern cars. The 55 gas mileage thing had way more weight when cars had fewer gears.

And it's easy to prove. Reset your MPG computer, drive at 50 for a long stretch. Reset again, drive at 70. Cruise control for a long enough distance and it's pretty scientific.
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Old 02-17-2013, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Southwestern Connecticut
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I don't support this at all on highways such as 95 or the Merritt. Given that many times these speeds are not even possible in rush hour traffic. I've simply seen too many accidents on these roadds with the speed limit at 55; displaying the drivers cannot handle the responsibility given to them.

Just last week on Sunday there was a terrible accident on the Merritt Southbound (around the Weston area) involving a large number of cars with one ending flipped on it's side. The road was a mess in many spots and people still wanted to speed.

I don't have faith that the people on these roads can handle it. I know it's only a small portion that get into accidents but I think even that small number including the resulting deaths does not make it okay.
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Old 02-17-2013, 12:11 PM
 
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Going 55 is not possible in rush hour traffic.
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Old 02-17-2013, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Coastal Northeast
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I don't have faith that the people on these roads can handle it.
They already do, that's the point! The average speed right now IS 70.
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Old 02-17-2013, 06:21 PM
 
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For 40 years, I drove the CT Turnpike (95) heading from RI to NJ and back, nearly once a month. Not once in all those trips, did I make it through that state without seeing at least one serious accident; sometimes I predicted its happening watching someone doing a boomerang around and through the traffic.

So raising the speed limit will only increase the opportunities for accidents, and most likely the severity of injuries.
55 or 75, if people aren't focusing on the road or mimicking a scene from Fast and the Furious, they are going to crash. If cops are not going to enforce the current speed limit, then increase them. Leaving the speed limit as is encourages people to do things other than driving.

I say increase the speed limit to reduce the differential of the speed along the highway. All that talk about increasing accidents is nonsense. Speed limits should not be based on potential crashes or congestion, it should be based on the road. Do we think about getting about getting into accidents every-time we drive? If so, its time to look for other ways to get around.

If a road is designed for higher speed, then that is what the speed should be. A speed limit is just that a limit. It doesn't necessary means you must drive at that speed. You can't drive the speed limit when the lanes are congested.
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Old 02-17-2013, 06:36 PM
 
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So raising the speed limit will only increase the opportunities for accidents, and most likely the severity of injuries.

That is the same propaganda we heard for years regarding the 55mph limit. When the 55 limit was abolished, accidents went down.
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Fairfield, CT
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I think there's an unseen benefit in raising the speed limit in places where it is safe to do so.

Having a too-low speed limit makes lawbreakers out of the vast majority of people, and people learn not to take the law seriously. Even the enforcers don't take the law seriously.

It's like the boy who cried "wolf." Then, when you really need people to slow down, they pay no attention.

I noticed that my driving behavior changed when I drove in areas with a 70 mph speed limit in some places. I routinely ignore the 55 mph speed limit on the roads around me -- by a wide margin -- but I noticed when I drove in places with a higher speed limit, when they dropped it to 55 mph, I was much more likely to pay attention.
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