View Poll Results: Would you drive 55 to burn less fossil fuel

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  • I believe in AGW and would drive 55 to reduce my carbon foot print

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    Re: 55 mph speed limit

    Incorrect.

    Cars are GEARED to get their best fuel economy at 55mph, because 55 is the average speed limit in this country, and in Europe.

    You can gear that car, using cam specs, over drive gear sizes, and final drive ratios, to get maximum fuel economy for any speed up to about 85-90 mph, depending on aerodynamics. A car shaped like a brick is not gonna gain fuel economy at higher speeds no matter the gearing, due to the power output needed to push it through the atmosphere. Past 90 mph, even "slippery" cars need to be making decent power to maintain velocity.

    Buy a BMW. It's peak fuel economy will be reached closer to that 80mph mark, because those crazy Germans like to drive fast.
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    Re: 55 mph speed limit

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    I recently bought a new car that tells you how many mpg you are getting in real time and it was interesting to play around with different speeds to see what my mileage was. I always knew the faster you go the worse the mpg but seeing it as it happened was informative. My Subaru got 38 mpg at 55mph and dropped to around 31 mpg at 65 mph. When Carter made the speed limit 55 everyone had a fit until it was changed but in this age where so many are so convinced we are warming the planet with fossil fuel it makes me wonder how many of them would be willing to slow down in order to put less carbon into the air. It's put up or shut up time.
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    Re: 55 mph speed limit

    Of cars and trucks, the best any we have gets 20 mpg - an older small standard cab little Ranger pickup truck. The lowest is about 10, but its an old gasoline dually.

    I read sometime back that actually the optimum fuel economy ON AVERAGE is 45 mph. Going faster won't get good gas miles and new cars have transmissions and computer fuel controls that are no longer very sensitive to gearing of the car.

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    Re: 55 mph speed limit

    BTW, badly worded poll and no response I could select from.

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    Re: 55 mph speed limit

    I drive the Interstate's a lot, And I'd like to get where I'm going in a timely matter. The Interstate is built to handle high speed, heavy traffic.

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    I recently bought a new car that tells you how many mpg you are getting in real time and it was interesting to play around with different speeds to see what my mileage was. I always knew the faster you go the worse the mpg but seeing it as it happened was informative. My Subaru got 38 mpg at 55mph and dropped to around 31 mpg at 65 mph. When Carter made the speed limit 55 everyone had a fit until it was changed but in this age where so many are so convinced we are warming the planet with fossil fuel it makes me wonder how many of them would be willing to slow down in order to put less carbon into the air. It's put up or shut up time.
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    Re: 55 mph speed limit

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    I recently bought a new car that tells you how many mpg you are getting in real time and it was interesting to play around with different speeds to see what my mileage was. I always knew the faster you go the worse the mpg but seeing it as it happened was informative. My Subaru got 38 mpg at 55mph and dropped to around 31 mpg at 65 mph. When Carter made the speed limit 55 everyone had a fit until it was changed but in this age where so many are so convinced we are warming the planet with fossil fuel it makes me wonder how many of them would be willing to slow down in order to put less carbon into the air. It's put up or shut up time.
    I am in Colorado this week and love the 65 and 75 mph speed limits, I intend to break both headed home tomorrow

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    Re: 55 mph speed limit

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    Kinda fun to see how good of mpg you can get.
    oh yeah, it is like sitting on the porch watching the grass grow

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    Re: 55 mph speed limit

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    I recently bought a new car that tells you how many mpg you are getting in real time and it was interesting to play around with different speeds to see what my mileage was. I always knew the faster you go the worse the mpg but seeing it as it happened was informative. My Subaru got 38 mpg at 55mph and dropped to around 31 mpg at 65 mph. When Carter made the speed limit 55 everyone had a fit until it was changed but in this age where so many are so convinced we are warming the planet with fossil fuel it makes me wonder how many of them would be willing to slow down in order to put less carbon into the air. It's put up or shut up time.
    Just to get your facts and politics correct, it was Nixon, not Carter that brought us the 55 mile per hour speed limit (in fact, originally it was a 50 MPH speedlimit)

    National Maximum Speed Law - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Re: 55 mph speed limit

    Quote Originally Posted by Rocketman View Post
    I am in Colorado this week and love the 65 and 75 mph speed limits, I intend to break both headed home tomorrow
    I am in Colorado this lifetime and love a lot more about the state than the speed limits.... (and its even nicer when I fly my plane at 155kts, or about 173 MPH, and never get stuck in traffic)

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    Re: 55 mph speed limit

    Quote Originally Posted by upsideguy View Post
    I am in Colorado this lifetime and love a lot more about the state than the speed limits.... (and its even nicer when I fly my plane at 155kts, or about 173 MPH, and never get stuck in traffic)
    I rode the bike 1400 miles the last 5 days taking several of your passes and canyon roads, they were all beautiful!

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