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Thread: 55 mph speed limit

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    Re: 55 mph speed limit

    Quote Originally Posted by Simon W. Moon View Post
    I already drive "like a grampa" [read as "the speed limit"]. My wife and all the other drivers on the freeway would laden me with curses if I was driving 15mph below the speed limit. Sound dangerous to me. No, thank you.
    My question was meant to be should we bring 55 back as law not would you drive slower than the law. Funny part is the warmers are running from this thread, I wonder why.

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    Re: 55 mph speed limit

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    My question was meant to be should we bring 55 back as law not would you drive slower than the law. Funny part is the warmers are running from this thread, I wonder why.
    Like the fabu Red Rocker himself the great Sammy Hager said in his music, he had a whole song about this very subject, and I agree with his premise "I cant drive 55!!!"

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    Re: 55 mph speed limit

    Nixon implemented the 55 national speed limit and one surprising side benefit found was a huge decrease in highway death toll. Massachusetts kept the 55 limit on the Mass Pike for many years after the rest of the country raised the limit, for that same reason.
    I still drive a 5 speed 1986 Honda CRX si and the mileage I get varies tremendously depending on how I drive it. I have always done clutch coasting whenever going down hill to save wear on the engine and to increase gas mileage and I regularly get 40 MPG, when the car is EPA rated at 33MPG.
    Compression braking by leaving the car in gear whenever going down hill, as most manufacturers advise, will save the brakes but will prematurely age an engine and transmission all the while wasting gas. I do all my own mechanical work and I know that brake pads are one of the cheapest components on the car if you do the work yourself. I figure that clutch coasting when ever possible has saved me tens of thousands of dollars over the years all the while reducing pollution without ever compromising speed.
    The clutch on your car , when used judiciously is one of the biggest money and pollution savers you have at your disposal
    BTW the car has 346,000 miles on it and still runs like a top and accelerates like a jack rabbit.
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    Re: 55 mph speed limit

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    Not long ago Montana had no speed limit, it was carnage.
    I call BS. My sister lives there and has for sometime. The reason they got rid of the no limit law was outsiders coming in with Ferraris and whatnot driving like idiots. Out in eastern Montana they don't bother you if you are speeding unless you are being a twit about it.
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    Re: 55 mph speed limit

    Quote Originally Posted by PirateMk1 View Post
    I call BS. My sister lives there and has for sometime. The reason they got rid of the no limit law was outsiders coming in with Ferraris and whatnot driving like idiots. Out in eastern Montana they don't bother you if you are speeding unless you are being a twit about it.
    Not the way I remember it and I drove in Montana a lot because I worked there a lot but whatever, that is not the real issue of this thread.

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    Re: 55 mph speed limit

    Quote Originally Posted by Surtr View Post
    I have a Ford Escape with a 3.0 V6. It's got some some zip to it, and it's surprisingly good on gas. The stop and go of city/town travel is what kills fuel economy. On the highway, the engine is basically at a steady high idle while the transmission does all the work.
    We are actually thinking about buying a Ford Escape or Mercury Mariner, and if we do then the Mountaineer will become my daily driver.

    As far as the whole 55 MPH federal speed limit coming back, I really hope it doesn't. I did some quick research about the Act (then law) that repealed federal speed limits (55 MPH), and it passed with strong support from both Democrats and Republicans. 80 to 16 in the Senate. 419 to 7 in the House.

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    Re: 55 mph speed limit

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    Not the way I remember it and I drove in Montana a lot because I worked there a lot but whatever, that is not the real issue of this thread.
    I used to run 94 across ND and MT and that is a long lonely stretch of road. I used to run with bullracks coming down that way and we would routinely do 80 mph and plenty of times when would be doing triple digits. Of course that was when you could get diesel for 1.25 or so. Wouldn't do that now. Too expensive.

    Quick note on aerodynamics. Speed and wind resistance correlations don't become a major fuel burn factor till after about 50 mph and increases in a fairly logarithmic fashion afterwards.
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    Re: 55 mph speed limit

    Out in eastern Montana they don't bother you if you are speeding unless you are being a twit about it.
    The speeding law in Montana originally, as I recall, said something about "prudent speed for the driving conditions".
    One thing I have learned over the years is that there is nothing prudent about the way most Americans drive.
    You can call BS all you want but slower driving does save lives and statistics bear that out. You are entitled to your own opinion ...but not your own facts.
    "During the first year there was a drop of almost 17 percent in fatalities after the speed laws were reduced to 55 miles per hour," said Lee Friedman, assistant research professor of environmental and occupational health sciences at UIC and lead author of the study.
    Higher Speed Limits Cost Lives, Researchers Find

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    Re: 55 mph speed limit

    Quote Originally Posted by Porchev View Post
    We are actually thinking about buying a Ford Escape or Mercury Mariner, and if we do then the Mountaineer will become my daily driver.

    As far as the whole 55 MPH federal speed limit coming back, I really hope it doesn't. I did some quick research about the Act (then law) that repealed federal speed limits (55 MPH), and it passed with strong support from both Democrats and Republicans. 80 to 16 in the Senate. 419 to 7 in the House.
    I like the Escape. It comes off as "soccer momish" but it's fun to drive, and has pretty good handling for what it is. Lots of cargo space, too. 55 is just too slow. Especially when driving long distances on open roads where there's no civilization. Some of the roads out here should have no speed limit at all because the traffic is light, there's no civilization, and there's no pedestrians. Yet they still post state troopers on these low traffic, low danger highways to catch people in speed traps. Pretty sure they should just chill in Houston, where cops are desperately needed.
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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.
    Where is the option for we won't slow down and don't believe or worry about AGW?
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