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Old 07-30-2011, 11:37 AM   #127
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I drive 60 on 4-lane and interstate, and 55 or less, depending on road conditions, on 2-lane roads. I'm comfortable and feel in control at those speeds. JMHO
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Old 07-30-2011, 01:48 PM   #128
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After reading most of these posts one thing that stands out is that most responders don't drive the speed limit which in the east is predominetly 65. They drive at 63,61,55,45 but not 65. Is there really a danger in driving the posted speed limit. Will 63 be safer than 65 ? I also am aware of the expertise level or lack of expertise which I have observed in all the miles I have driven. Does anyone understand that the slower they drive under the posted limit, the more they put themselves in harms way ?
I am pretty sure most of the below 65mph crowd will take exception to my observation which is fine.
I was just something that aroused my curiocity.
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Let's keep in mind that it is a speed LIMIT, or maximum..
In most states speed limits are trumped by the requirement that speed be adjusted for actual conditions, and those conditions can include the size/type of vehicle being driven.
"Driving too fast for conditions" is a common ticket and a defense of "I was driving the posted limit" won't get you off the hook for it.
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Let's keep in mind that it is a speed LIMIT, or maximum..
In most states speed limits are trumped by the requirement that speed be adjusted for actual conditions, and those conditions can include the size/type of vehicle being driven.
"Driving too fast for conditions" is a common ticket and a defense of "I was driving the posted limit" won't get you off the hook for it.
Now were nit picking. If the speed limit excluded certain type of vehicles it would be posted. In California for example all truck and trailers and all vehicles towing trailers have a POSTED SPEED LIMIT OF 55MPH. If there is fog, blowing dust,snow, of course you have to slow down because of conditions. If you are exceeding a speed that the officer deems an unsafe speed, you are correct, you will get a ticket for excessive speed. Just because a person is uncomfortable driving a certain speed does not qualify as a condition. For people that do not feel qualified to drive on an Interstate they have the option of driving on secondary roads where they would feel a lot less threatened by the higher speeds of the Interstates.
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Chuck, I am with the same mind set as you. I posted back near the beginning of this post that I drive the speed limit up to 70mph. But at 70 I may be a little lower due to lack of power to maintain that speed. I have checked MPG's driving 60 & 70, no significant difference. Maybe 1 tenth better but that could be contributed to terrain or winds. I was not personnally attacked for being one of the few on this subject to actually admit I do the speed limit or maybe even a few mph above, but the comments that followed were directed at anyone like me. Best to just accept that on this forum we are not the norm.
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Chuck, I am with the same mind set as you. I posted back near the beginning of this post that I drive the speed limit up to 70mph. But at 70 I may be a little lower due to lack of power to maintain that speed. I have checked MPG's driving 60 & 70, no significant difference. Maybe 1 tenth better but that could be contributed to terrain or winds. I was not personnally attacked for being one of the few on this subject to actually admit I do the speed limit or maybe even a few mph above, but the comments that followed were directed at anyone like me. Best to just accept that on this forum we are not the norm.
And I plan onn keeping it that way Dan !
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Chuck, I am with the same mind set as you. I posted back near the beginning of this post that I drive the speed limit up to 70mph. But at 70 I may be a little lower due to lack of power to maintain that speed. I have checked MPG's driving 60 & 70, no significant difference. Maybe 1 tenth better but that could be contributed to terrain or winds. I was not personnally attacked for being one of the few on this subject to actually admit I do the speed limit or maybe even a few mph above, but the comments that followed were directed at anyone like me. Best to just accept that on this forum we are not the norm.
As I stated before, I drive the speed limit up to 65. Over that it's just a little uncomfortable. Not an issue since in the northeast where I do most of my traveling, 65 is the max limit. My rig also seems to get BETTER mpg at 65 rather than at 55 since it stays in 6th gear more consistently.
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I usually drive our motorhome on the interstates and multi-lane highways at 60/62 MPH. The engine sounds and performs well in this speed range, it seems to be a pretty good speed for our coach mileage wise also. Probably as important as anything else, I as the driver feel very comfortable at this speed. I have no qualms for those who drive faster or slower than me. I try to drive with courtesy and safety in mind, and would like to receive the same consideration from other drivers who share the road with me , but as we all know this doesn't always happen in todays "me first world".

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Recently drove I-15 through Utah (going North)and there are several "Test Sections" on the freeway that the posted speed limit is 80mph. Sections seem to be about 20 miles long and I have no idea what they are testing.
Most western states the limit on freeways is 70 or 75mph.
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As I stated before, I drive the speed limit up to 65. Over that it's just a little uncomfortable. Not an issue since in the northeast where I do most of my traveling, 65 is the max limit. My rig also seems to get BETTER mpg at 65 rather than at 55 since it stays in 6th gear more consistently.
I was on some roads in Westchester County, NY that anything over walking speed was dangerous. Besides being narrow they have been repaved so many times since we ran the British off, that the manhole covers and storm drains are about 6 inches below the road level. It was like a ride at Playland. All the drivers seem to do is blow their horns (not at me)and hang on for dear life. For being one of the richest counties in the USA they have the poorest roads. Then it was on to Point Pleasent Beach,N.J. and all was well. It was October so no summer crowds. Beautiful. Couldn't find Snookie though !
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I usually drive our motorhome on the interstates and multi-lane highways at 60/62 MPH. The engine sounds and performs well in this speed range, it seems to be a pretty good speed for our coach mileage wise also. Probably as important as anything else, I as the driver feel very comfortable at this speed. I have no qualms for those who drive faster or slower than me. I try to drive with courtesy and safety in mind, and would like to receive the same consideration from other drivers who share the road with me , but as we all know this doesn't always happen in todays "me first world".

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You being from Montana, 60-62 surprises me. You are probably turning about 1,400 to 1,500 RPM at those speeds. Bet you don't pass too many folks unless they have a flat.
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Recently drove I-15 through Utah (going North)and there are several "Test Sections" on the freeway that the posted speed limit is 80mph. Sections seem to be about 20 miles long and I have no idea what they are testing.
Most western states the limit on freeways is 70 or 75mph.
My 1997 Bounder at 80, well maybe going down 6% with clear forward route. But damn my foot is ready
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I just returned from a trip on Arizona Hwy95 to Lake Havasu. It has a speed limit of 55 and 65 in some spots. There were two Motorhomes traveling together at 45mph that had a line of cars behind them 1/4 mile long. They wouldn't speed up or turn off to let the trafic pass by. Nor would they get some distance between them to make room for other vehicles room to pass. It is idiots like this that gives Motorhomes a bad rap.
That road was not fun
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