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Old 09-08-2011, 07:16 PM   #141
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Heres an update....coming out of El Paso on I-10 the speed limit is now posted at 80 MPH for cars, and 70 MPH for trucks.
Nothing new about that. Those have been the speed limits on sections of I-10 and I-20 in far West Texas for years. The news is the authorization passed and signed into law this year to raise the 80 MPH speed limit to 85 MPH IF TxDOT studies justify such a change as being acceptably safe.

Ever since the 80 MPH speed limit took effect, it has been fairly rigorously enforced.

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Old 09-09-2011, 08:54 PM   #142
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Don't start hammering at 85 just yet. The law does not take effect until DOT has changed the signage, and the decision of where is theirs.
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To those who travel at high speeds wether it be car truck or RV, have you ever considered how long it would take to stop if something pulled out in front of you or a piece of debris landed on the road in front of you. In a car you might pull it off but in a M/H or pulling a trailer it will be quite different. Just sayin, not judgin!
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Old 09-09-2011, 11:32 PM   #144
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I have often wondered if it would be better to floor it and get thru the offensive object.
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I have often wondered if it would be better to floor it and get thru the offensive object.
Nope, been there-done that. A highway sawhorse fell off a state highway truck as it exited the highway; I decided to just run over it rather than swerve at 55 MPH. The sawhorse tore out the grille, radiator, and fan of the car. The flashing light and battery pack came through the windshield. OOPS_ my bad --- decision.
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Thx, I'll put that in my memory bank.
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Nope, been there-done that. A highway sawhorse fell off a state highway truck as it exited the highway; I decided to just run over it rather than swerve at 55 MPH. The sawhorse tore out the grille, radiator, and fan of the car. The flashing light and battery pack came through the windshield. OOPS_ my bad --- decision.
A swerve could had flipped the car... who knows.
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I have often wondered if it would be better to floor it and get thru the offensive object.
I had a bad experiance once in a loaded truck and had a car pull out of a driveway on to the highway in front of me. I was going too fast!! I never crashed and didn't hit the guy, and there was no skill involved just good old luck!! After that I allways ask myself can you stop fast at this speed, and I beleive it has saved my butt more than once. I have had a couple speeding tickets over the years so no I'm not perfect. Sorry if this veered off topic.
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i have often wondered if it would be better to floor it and get thru the offensive object.

with a top heavy mh or 5th wheel it would just off balance them and you'd be in the ditch overturned.
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with a top heavy mh or 5th wheel it would just off balance them and you'd be in the ditch overturned.
There is another option to flooring it to get through the object or swerving to avoid an object.

Hit the brakes.

If you find yourself in a bad situation, try to hit the softest, cheapest thing, as slowly as possible.
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An object in motion will try to stay in motion, newtons law, the faster you go the longer you stay in motion. I don't care if you have brakes on your tode or not.
Thats my ten cents worth, and I'll stick with it.
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Kinda like driving a straw thru a potato? Given enough momentum, you can get thru anything?
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Didnt anyone see 'Days of Thunder'?? You're suppose to put the pedal down and drive straight through
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Why do people have to drive so fast when towing or driving their Class A or C? I see this alot on RV forums, where people say "OH I drive 70-75? or I can't drive 60.

I am on the road now and have been since March and have been all the way to Alaska and now heading back to Florida and have never needed to go over 62. I have been on interstates and back roads and never seen the need to go fast.

Several big Class A's passed me yesterday on I5 in Oregon doing 70. WHY? It is not safe? How would you stop that thing if you came around a curve or hill and the traffic just stopped?

Oh I can't do 60? I just can't do it. why? would someone explain?

Speed kills and it does take a lot longer to stop a big Class A or any of the rigs we may pull.

I am sorry for ranting but need to get this off my chest.
I don't know what state those 75 drivers are in, but clearly they are not in New England, where MAX pike limit is 65 and MAX freeway is 55.

Here in Maine ONLY the turnpike has a speed limit over 50 and off the turnpike you are hard pressed to find a road with a speed limit over 35. People drive 50-60 on Rt 1 all the time, completly ignoring the CLEARLY MARKED speed limit of 35. Yes, RT 1 Maine's major highway, has a speed limit marked 35. But does anyone ever slow down long enough to EVEN SEE the signs? No, judging by the ammount of police cars that have folks stopped every day, I'd say not.

In big cities like Biddeford, Lewiston, Bangor, or Portland ALL streets are marked 25...25...yet people fly through at 45 all the time. In small towns like Old Orchard Beach, you find speed limits of 10 and 15 on side streets and 25 on the main roads.

As you point out, no, it's not safe, and you didn't mention, but it also uses more gas to drive that fast, so not only do they not care about their safety and the safety of others on the road, they also have plenty of extra money to waste on gas. :P

Anyone that careless enough to speed, obviously doesn't care about human life, so trying to reason with them and tell them to slow down to save a life will do no good. The only way you'll get them to slow down is through something that they actually care about: money. So, teach them to save on gas by always driving between 35 and 45 and they'll slow down.
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