Last edited by Kar98; 04-10-2011 at 10:31 AM.
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Lame arguments. Most people drive according to what they feel comfortable and safe at. Speed limits be damned. Thats why so many people speed. It's not that they're trying to be bad asses, but it reflects the fact that speed limits are set too low. Here in Toronto I'd say the average speed on the highway is 120-140km/h or 75-87MPH. So it's right in the ballpark. Just because the speed limit is set higher, doesnt mean everyone wiill be driving at that speed.
I rarely hit 80 let along 85 mph but I see no harm in this. It's not every highway that's getting the increased speed limit and frankly most people won't go that fast left to their own devices. I'm sure a lot of articles and op-eds about this will be written in the next few weeks.
I'm in favor of the "yes this is really the speed limit" laws/policies/ordinances that are starting to get passed. No more going from county to county and wondering if the local police treat the speed limit as a limit or a suggestion.
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You have to think that on average people cruise at around 10-15 over the limit. I know I'm perfectly fine cruising at 95-100, as I'm sure most people on here would be. It's the soccer moms in huge SUV's I'm worried about. I say good on Texas for realizing this. It's a start in the right direction.
I spent 4 years traveling on a monthly basis from Syracuse, NY to NYC. Most of the road is two lanes of winding hills, not very well taken care of and pretty busy the entire time. For most part the limit is 65 mph, but I found that the safest most comfortable speed was 80 mph. Slower than that and you have semis riding your bumpers most of the way and people swerving around you. This was in a 1989 Camry station wagon. Newer vehicle with all the safety equipment and stability they have should be able to cruise at 85 on strait open roads with no problems at all. It did help though that I know every possible place where the troopers used to hide.
The problem is these lawmakers are a bunch of geriatrics who probably get chauffeured to most places they go and are completely out of touch with reality.
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85 is a mellow cruise in my S6... 100 is when you start to notice you MIGHT be going a bit faster than you should... by 120 you've settled into a new comfort zone that you shouldn't be in.
I haven't seen the right side of 120 though... There's definitely more to be had though. I can see this being comfy up to about 140mph if the roads allowed it.
People will drive as fast as they are comfortable regardless of the speed limit.
In my company vehicle, I am only allowed to drive 5 over the limit. I frequently drive highways that have posted 55 and 65mph speed limits. I stick to the right lane with the cruise set to 60 on those 55mph marked roads and rarely pass anyone. Most people pass me doing 65-70.
On the 65mph marked roads, I set the cruise to 70 and find I pass 75% of the other drivers who are still doing the same speed as the 55mph highway.
They need to crack down on those not following the keep right except to pass laws more than anything...
Right at around 90 is when fuel consumption starts to rise exponentially due to air resistance as opposed to overcoming inertia. 85 is fine.
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