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Old 10-07-2011, 08:31 AM
 
Location: Eastport, Maine
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The interstates were built for speeds between 70-75mph. We lowered the speed limit in '74' to 55 to save gas. Some of the states never returned to the pre '74' speed limits. I suspect it was simply to get traffic fines, after all, it wasn't a safety issue, just a chance to write a lot of tickets on the open road. The speed limits have been raised in most of the larger states, for the same reason as Maine did. A boring, long road, without a lot of traffic and a low speed limit. Besides, no one hardly ever went the limit anyway, and those who did were actually a traffic hazard. I have never been stopped when running with the traffic flow on the interstate, no matter what the speed limit was, but then maybe I am just lucky.

On the interstate, I prefer the old Montana speed limit: "Reasonable and Proper." Let em roll! The sightseers need to stay on the US routes.
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Old 10-07-2011, 09:17 PM
 
Location: West in the winter, north in the summer
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It does all depend on the car, Our old jeep is happy and gets the best fuel economy at about 50-60. The Beemer however is happiest and most efficient at about 70-75. Though the jeep was mfg for 55-60, the bmw was designed for 130-150. Same could be said for a Ford vs a Mercedes, Toyota vs and Audi.
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Old 10-10-2011, 10:47 AM
 
Location: NJ
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Default what year?

'When I was in high school two boys from town were killed on that curve because they were driving too fast. The Corvette they were driving landed in the cemetery.'


MW, what year vette?
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Old 10-15-2011, 05:31 PM
 
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With gas prices, it makes no sense to me, not to mention just because you have a Lic it does not qualify you to drive that fast, but hey what do I know.
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Old 10-15-2011, 05:34 PM
 
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I think its ok for cars but think they should limit big rigs to 55.....or maybe 65.
What a joke, make the people that drive for a living, go slower.
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Old 10-16-2011, 09:34 PM
 
Location: Lebanon, OH
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I think the 75 limit is kind of scary
The night we were at the nook n cranny and we were out front talking I noticed several vehicles blowing by on the airline even faster, including semis.
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Mainers are going to be burning through a lot of gas at 75. The best gas mileage is in the 50s, isn't it?
Aerodynamic drag increases exponentially with speed, however operating an engine at the peak of the torque curve in top gear will usually result in the best MPG. I get about 30 MPG (highway) in my 1992 dodge caravan doing 67-68 MPH in 5th gear but would have to do 50 in 4th to keep the engine from lugging down. Think RPM per mile.

What was good for a 6000# 1973 caprice with a 400 V8 when Nixon was president might not be so keen for modern vehicles.
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Old 10-16-2011, 11:07 PM
 
Location: Currently on my computer..
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Tried the 75 limit for the first time recently. For me I don't feel safe at that speed. I did it for maybe 20 miles or so and wasn't comfortable.

I'll be the slow poke in the right lane doing 65, sorry.
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Old 10-17-2011, 04:50 AM
 
Location: Maine's garden spot
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Tried the 75 limit for the first time recently. For me I don't feel safe at that speed. I did it for maybe 20 miles or so and wasn't comfortable.

I'll be the slow poke in the right lane doing 65, sorry.
We used to go that fast over the causeway at Deer Isle.
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Old 10-17-2011, 05:45 AM
 
Location: Maine
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'When I was in high school two boys from town were killed on that curve because they were driving too fast. The Corvette they were driving landed in the cemetery.'


MW, what year vette?
I have no idea.
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Old 10-17-2011, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Sunrise County ~Maine
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I see some people have trouble driving 50 "straight" but... the scary comes from thinking of those people driving 75 while they are fiddling with the knobs on the radio.
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