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View Poll Results: In your opinion, is it okay to have no speed limits or have them severely increased if German drivin
You crazy? I can barely handle 55! 3 6.82%
Speed limits need to stay and are fine the way they are. 8 18.18%
I think speed limits are too low, but I wouldn't go as far as throwing them away. 25 56.82%
Follow the Germans! 8 18.18%
Voters: 44. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 07-17-2012, 09:17 AM
 
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Sounds like you have never done over 110 mph. Most cars today cannot be safely driven over 90 mph due to the design of the road, suspension, the steering, and the wheels. The faster you go, the greater the forces created by bumps in the road or slight changes in the steering, increasing the risk that you the driver will either not be able to compensate or will over compensate.

Comparing the well-behaved (and well-trained) Germans to the American driving public is a joke at best. And our roads in TX ARE NOT smooth. Speed limits here are prudent.

That being said, there are roads and times when speed can be indulged in. And if your best friend has a GTR, then you can have a lot of fun in parts of West Texas.

 
Old 07-17-2012, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Oviedo, FL
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That's what I'm saying. Why don't we become like the well-behaved and well-trained Germans so we can have the freedom of speeding?
 
Old 07-17-2012, 12:20 PM
 
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I just drove to Fort Worth from Tyler on I-20 Sunday afternoon about 2 P.M. The "new" 75 speed limit was in affect for half the distance to Dallas then 65 the rest of the way. In the 75 speed zone, as expected the minumum speed for most folks was now 80 to 85 the poor few trying to drive 70 were out of luck as were my small group staying around 75. The traffic was unexpected heavy not so you had to drive 70 or so bumper to bumper but heavy enough to move in and out or speed up or down or dodge the 90 per mile errs. When the "group" entered th flat 65 zone they really really didn't want to slow down. No highway patrol that I saw, what a day they could have had. So why not just do away with speed limits lol lets just go on and kill off a bunch more people, and raise our insurance rates, it's too crowded anyway lol
 
Old 07-17-2012, 12:21 PM
 
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That's what I'm saying. Why don't we become like the well-behaved and well-trained Germans so we can have the freedom of speeding?
LOL.

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Old 07-17-2012, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Texas State Fair
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Texas Speed Limit 85? Why not no speed limit at all!?

Speed limits have a purpose. No speed limit at all would relinquish state control... just unheard of. There are fools from out of state who would take it as a race track.
 
Old 07-17-2012, 01:03 PM
 
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Old 07-17-2012, 01:04 PM
 
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Texas Speed Limit 85? Why not no speed limit at all!?

Speed limits have a purpose. No speed limit at all would relinquish state control... just unheard of. There are fools from out of state who would take it as a race track.

yep
 
Old 07-17-2012, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Actually, ilf you're thinking that it's stupid that you have to suffer the speed limits in America because of other people's stupidity, you are part of the problem. (And, guess what, any woman with even a scintilla of experience recognizes compensation when she sees it.) People don't have to be stupid for there to be an accident (though someone who thinks that the rules should be changed so that they don't have to accommodate the rest of the driving public is stupid and a risk to others, no doubt about that). Any number of things can cause an accident - a slick spot on the road, someone who's not stupid but who hasn't been driving all that long (how long have you had your license, by the way?) and thus lacks experience, an unexpected vehicle problem, a deer running across the road, a momentary lack of attention (don't think you're immune to those and for sure don't think everyone else is), a flaw in the way the road was built originally - the list goes on and on. The higher your speed, the less time you have to perhaps avoid an accident caused by one of those myriad of possibilities.

Hint: YOU ARE NOT THE CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE! Not even close. The roads do not belong to you, and you must share them with people with vastly different levels of expertise and experience, in vastly differing vehicles, and here throw in coming from many places with different rules all trying to drive the way they're used to. That you think it's stupid that you should have to deal with that reality means you're one of the more significant dangers on the road, because that attitude has NO place behind the wheel of a car unless it's on a racetrack with no other cars.

Germany, as stated, even in the no speed limit areas has an advisory speed of 81 mph, and if you're involved in an accident where you're going significantly over that, you're going to bear a larger portion of the blame for the accident than if you were going the speed limit, no matter what caused it. Why? Because they know that speeding is risky behavior. There has even been a movement to get speed limits established on all of the autobahn there. Wonder why they'd do that?
 
Old 07-17-2012, 05:16 PM
 
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Too many people don't take good enough care of their cars to be going any faster than what it's at now.

Seriously, do you think everyone out there checks their tire pressure every month at a minimum? Inspects and greases their front end components regularly?
 
Old 07-17-2012, 09:19 PM
 
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On a highway with four or more lanes we should have a 100+ Im thinking like 125mph speed limit. I personally love the autobahn Idea as their are people who are more than willing to drive that quick where as the rest of the drivers will still have 3 others lanes to drive in. The state could give special licensees or permits for those willing to pay to drive on said road to ensure their cars can handle it and have significant fines for those who utilize the fast lane without the proper credentials. More money for the state in fees that people wont really complain about. Done properly everybody wins!
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