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    No one else wants to touch the subject so I will. Several years ago when there was a "gas shortage" the decision was made to limit the maximum speed nationwide to 55 mph. This saved gas and lives. Now we have gas gosling MPV’s, fewer car pools, and fast speed limits. No one wants to make the decision to slow down to a more gas conserving speed. Instead other methods are implemented such as closing schools and dipping into the war reserve so that the voting public can maintain the style of driving they are accustomed to. It would be a very unpopular decision and political suicide for anyone to say, “Slow down!”

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    Cool I cant drive

    55
    eventu rerum stolidi didicere magistro

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    That was also the days of 1:1 final drive in those gas guzzling vehicles. My Mustang can eek out 26 mpg regular or 23 mpg with the top down at 70 mph. Nothing wrong with slowing down IMO but there are ways to get better fuel efficiency, like the overdrive transmission.

    In fact, I have a 68' Camaro that will be recieving a 6 speed when I can save up enough cash to make the switch. Until then I drive my more fuel efficient cars.

    ...Ron

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    don't know about the rest of you guys but my vans have always got 10-12mpg ac on or off, 55-85mph did not make a difference and i check it whenever i fill up. i think the biggest killer is the ladders and handtruck on the roof. i got 50-60 miles more per tank with the 6',8' and the handtruck off the roof for a week. extension ladder was stil up there

    locally if i drove 55 on the highway i would not be typing this right now. local highways speed limit is 55 reality is 85+ in left lane 75+ middle lane and 65+ in right lane. the state troopers are not even out during the rush hours, traffic would come to a stand still. they know the deal and it works, i have never seen an accident during rush hour in 15 years except for in the snow

    [Edited by blue_r1 on 10-06-2005 at 09:44 PM]

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    I was on a road trip last week and just for fun I hit 170.
    Uphill.

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    If they want you to drive 55 they would post the limit at 45.

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    The old double-nickle.

    I got stuck behind someone doing 55 the other day on I95 and could not change lanes for several miles to pass due to heavy traffic.

    Really pissed me off.
    We've been doing so much,for so long,with so little, that now we can do almost anything, with nothing at all.

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    Originally posted by a\c don
    The old double-nickle.

    I got stuck behind someone doing 55 the other day on I95 and could not change lanes for several miles to pass due to heavy traffic.

    Really pissed me off.
    I hate that. I heard that people who drive like that belong to a secret anti destination league.

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    Originally posted by a\c don
    The old double-nickle.

    I got stuck behind someone doing 55 the other day on I95 and could not change lanes for several miles to pass due to heavy traffic.

    Really pissed me off.
    We just always passed the idiots in the bumpy-T-bump lane in that scenario.

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    Originally posted by Collin
    I was on a road trip last week and just for fun I hit 170.
    Uphill.
    Not bad. What's the speed limit? 130?

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    Actually 110.
    Cops never have radar traps uphill.

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    Originally posted by outside rep
    where is that i need to go there
    Canada.





    The metric system. Learn it, live it, love it.

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    Originally posted by condenseddave
    Originally posted by outside rep
    where is that i need to go there
    Canada.


    The metric system. Learn it, live it, love it.
    Except for my tape measure which is in feet and inches.
    Thank God the trades are still imperial.

    [Edited by Collin on 10-06-2005 at 11:44 PM]

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