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Author Topic: Takedown on the Speed kills myth  (Read 8102 times)

JREwing78

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Re: Takedown on the Speed kills myth
« Reply #25 on: September 23, 2013, 11:41:14 PM »

FWIW, I tend to stick within +5 mph on slower city streets, particularly in neighborhoods. On unfamiliar 2-lanes, on narrower 2-lanes with no shoulders, or in areas that are more heavily patrolled, I'll also stick within +5 mph of the limit.

Otherwise, I cap my travel speeds at +10 mph over the limit more out of the interest of license preservation than for any real concern about safety. On the interstates I've driven, I've seen posted speeds go from 55 mph to 70 mph without much change in how they operate, or any real fear for my personal safety. The reason is that these roads were built for these speeds, and frequently are capable of faster. Same goes for higher-quality 2-lanes and 4-lanes in rural areas.

Am I advocating that every area needs to start posting their freeways for 85 mph and their 2-lanes for 75 mph? Certainly not! There's a gigantic difference between West Texas nothingness and heavily-traveled Midwest 2-lanes, or the kinked-up 2-lanes snaking through the Appalachians.

What I am asking for is for speed limits that genuinely reflect the fastest reasonable speed on a given stretch of road, not speed limits dumbed down to the lowest common denominator.
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Re: Takedown on the Speed kills myth
« Reply #26 on: September 24, 2013, 01:01:00 PM »

The driver beside me in the passing lanes wouldn't speed up or slow down to let me back over.

it's fuckheads like this that need to have their licenses taken away.
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