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(Automotive)   NHTSA poll says that a quarter of all motorists admit to driving faster than the speed limit. The other three quarters live in New York, L.A. and Washington, D.C. and have yet to experience going faster than 25 mph   ( blogs.automotive.com) divider line
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2013-12-14 11:30:07 AM  
3 votes:
I didnt RTFA but I gotta ask:  A QUARTER?  as in 1/4, as in 25%?  Was the question phrased "Do you go over the speed limit while masturbating furiously and weaving through traffic at least once a day?" and was asked in front of the respondents mother and clergy member?  Because that's the only way I can even fathom that only 25% would be the positive response rate.
2013-12-14 01:20:13 PM  
2 votes:

Dinjiin: ausfahrk: Chabash: thurstonxhowell: MagSeven: From my last visit to the DC/Virginia area last year, everyone drives like a maniac at goes at least 10 over, everywhere.

There are places where most people don't go 10 over?

It's called Oregon.

In Oregon, IIRC, the freeway speeds all end in 5, so people tend to round up to the nearest 10.  65 becomes 70, etc.  So you're technically right.

I routinely see people doing 10 over on I-84 east of The Dalles.  The OSP seems to be a completely different beast east of the Cascades.  Still, I don't push it and keep it to only 5 over.

But over on I-5 south of Medford, when I see a car with Cali plates pass me doing 10 over, it is almost guaranteed that I'll see them along the side of the road 10 minutes later with an OSP trooper writing them up.  And you'll see them pulled over again just outside of Eugene.  The entire stretch of I-5 is like one giant speed-bump between California and Washington.




After driving north from California into Oregon, it takes a great deal of self discipline to keep it near the legal limit in Oregon. The highway is pretty much the same, but after doing around 80 MPH on I5 for hours (and still getting passed regularly), the limits in Oregon make you feel as though you could get out and walk and keep up with traffic. But yeah, you either slow down or get a ticket.
2013-12-14 12:12:12 PM  
2 votes:
All traffic build up is caused by the assholes in the passing lanes driving 50 mph as they pick their noses and vacantly stare off into the distance. These lost causes are aided and abetted by other assholes in the lane or lanes beside them running the same speed and NO ONE CAN FARKING GET AROUND THEM. That is all.
2013-12-14 10:29:05 AM  
2 votes:
Every year automobile design has improved safety, handling, stability, and efficiency while most people are busier
than ever. At the same time the speed limits remain the same as they have been for decades. In other words:

DUH
2013-12-14 10:23:02 AM  
2 votes:
That would be all fine and good if there weren't cities out there posting ridiculously low speed limits on a highway that's engineered for highway speeds so they can generate revenue.
2013-12-14 01:36:10 PM  
1 vote:

kd1s: I'm in that 25%. I know the highways in the U.S. were built for 70MPH or better. I remember when they started the 55MPH idiocy in answer to the fuel crisis in the 1970's. And I dare you to get on I-95S in Rhode Island, once you get past Providence, if you're not doing at least 70MPH you're gonna get run off the road.

And I do wish we built our highways the way the Germans built the Autobahn. The Autobahn is built for very high speed and is several layers deep before the top coat of concrete.


Why is it idiocy? Driving 70 consumes an assload more fuel than driving 55. That means less oil for your children, more pollution, etc.

The US will never build roads like the autobahn, primarily because y'all are too cheap to pay for it. You want better infrastructure and lower taxes in the same breath.
2013-12-14 01:08:36 PM  
1 vote:

ausfahrk: Chabash: thurstonxhowell: MagSeven: From my last visit to the DC/Virginia area last year, everyone drives like a maniac at goes at least 10 over, everywhere.

There are places where most people don't go 10 over?

It's called Oregon.

In Oregon, IIRC, the freeway speeds all end in 5, so people tend to round up to the nearest 10.  65 becomes 70, etc.  So you're technically right.


I routinely see people doing 10 over on I-84 east of The Dalles.  The OSP seems to be a completely different beast east of the Cascades.  Still, I don't push it and keep it to only 5 over.

But over on I-5 south of Medford, when I see a car with Cali plates pass me doing 10 over, it is almost guaranteed that I'll see them along the side of the road 10 minutes later with an OSP trooper writing them up.  And you'll see them pulled over again just outside of Eugene.  The entire stretch of I-5 is like one giant speed-bump between California and Washington.
2013-12-14 12:45:50 PM  
1 vote:
In my experience, Pennsylvania drivers are the worst for getting in the passing lane and going 45mph. On I95. Between DC and Richmond. Of course, the actual speed on I95 between DC and Fredericksburg is 10mph between 3:00 PM and 7:00 pm (Southbound).
2013-12-14 12:43:40 PM  
1 vote:
Everyone here drives a few miles an hour over - it's expected and the cops won't pull you over for it. It's the jackasses that go 15 miles an hour over and try to dodge around anyone who dares to at least treat the speed limit as a valid suggestion that end up causing huge accidents and making my commute 10x shiattier.

There was ice on the roads for a few days and we still had people trying to treat the roads like a racetrack.
2013-12-14 12:24:54 PM  
1 vote:
I'm in that 25%. I know the highways in the U.S. were built for 70MPH or better. I remember when they started the 55MPH idiocy in answer to the fuel crisis in the 1970's. And I dare you to get on I-95S in Rhode Island, once you get past Providence, if you're not doing at least 70MPH you're gonna get run off the road.

And I do wish we built our highways the way the Germans built the Autobahn. The Autobahn is built for very high speed and is several layers deep before the top coat of concrete.
2013-12-14 11:57:34 AM  
1 vote:
In New Jersey, on those rare occasions when they highway's not jammed with broken heroes on a last-chance power drive, the posted speed limit is considered a minimum.
2013-12-14 11:56:34 AM  
1 vote:
All but the very worst drivers speed. Those that don't really shouldn't be behind the wheel. Their skill level is the same as being drunk.
2013-12-14 11:55:02 AM  
1 vote:
Who the hell did they interview?   If that said 3/4 drive over the limit, I'd believe it.

/What irks me is when people are wanting to ride my arse at 70-90 MPH, usually in cars which have worse braking than mine.   If you're going to drive at reasonable speeds (read: >70mph), at least give yourself enough reaction time to get out of a bad situation.  Also, know what your car  can and  can not do.  The latter being the most important.   Yes, I'm looking at you Mr. Minivan driver going 85+ mph.
2013-12-14 11:26:03 AM  
1 vote:

lack of warmth: So he raced ahead, only to not be able to stop and slammed into two cars waiting for the next light to change.  As he realized he was then in trouble, I was easily going around the wreck and going on home.


Thanks for stopping to check if everyone was ok.
2013-12-14 10:57:12 AM  
1 vote:

PsychoLaurie: Having commuted on I-80 for several years between central Nebraska and Denver


please allow me to stop you right there. You have not lived in an area of high traffic.
2013-12-14 10:50:22 AM  
1 vote:

lack of warmth: ausfahrk: Where I live, nearly everyone drives 5-10 miles over the speed limit, but normal, not like maniacs.

Usually only a problem when you get the idiot drivers willing to race everyone and run up hard behind slower or stopped traffic before braking.

I was driving home from work one night, going only 30-35 in a 40 because the roads were slick ice when I watched an idiot hit two cars.  I was only going that fast because I had the lane to myself and had the lights timed, so I didn't have to worry about stopping.  A young idiot in the left lane got pissed because I passed him while he sat trying to take off when he got a green.  So he raced ahead, only to not be able to stop and slammed into two cars waiting for the next light to change.  As he realized he was then in trouble, I was easily going around the wreck and going on home.  Speed is relative, what you do with it, is what decides your next moment.



Do you ever get in the far left carpool lane, when all of the other lanes are totally open, and drive exactly the speed limit, then feel all smug about it because you're following the letter of the law?  'Cause I'm trying to find that asshole.
2013-12-14 10:48:50 AM  
1 vote:

eas81: east bound and down

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2013-12-14 10:42:52 AM  
1 vote:

Voiceofreason01: Speed limits in most places are set pretty conservatively and under most normal road conditions a conscientious driver can safely drive 5-10mph over the limit.


And you just hit on why the speed limits are as low as they are.
2013-12-14 10:38:52 AM  
1 vote:
If you are traveling at less than 115 MPH, please remain in the right hand lane where you belong.
2013-12-14 10:35:28 AM  
1 vote:
Speed limits in most places are set pretty conservatively and under most normal road conditions a conscientious driver can safely drive 5-10mph over the limit.
2013-12-14 10:33:51 AM  
1 vote:

MagSeven: From my last visit to the DC/Virginia area last year, everyone drives like a maniac at goes at least 10 over, everywhere.


That's to make up for all the time they are stuck in traffic.  It evens out in the end.
2013-12-14 10:25:01 AM  
1 vote:
Where I live, nearly everyone drives 5-10 miles over the speed limit, but normal, not like maniacs.
2013-12-14 10:23:12 AM  
1 vote:
From my last visit to the DC/Virginia area last year, everyone drives like a maniac at goes at least 10 over, everywhere.
 
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