AzoresLover From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 750 posts, RR: 7 Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 weeks ago) and read 2575 times:
Here in Ohio we have the dreaded (from the trucker point of view) split speed limit...65 for cars 55 for trucks.
I always do 66-68, I try not to hit 70, I figure I'm safe from tickets, and my driving record proves that. Now trucks...
I'm convinced that the highway patrol here gives them at least 65, regardless of the limit. I have on several occasions passed a state patrol car using radar on the freeway, and been around trucks all going at LEAST 65 with me, and I've never seen the trooper pull over one of them.
I do see trucks pulled over occasionally, and I assume they must have been doing near 70 or more. I know they do that, I see them often times basically close tailgaiting and running cars out of the way. Just the other day I was doing 70mph, passing a string of traffic in the right lane, and a truck closed up on me fast, and got right on my bumper and kept flashing his headlights at me. I couldn't get over, as there was a line of traffic there, that I was going faster than. Also, I was not about to speed up, I was already speeding.
I don't look for highway confrontations, though. I just get out of the way when someone is driving aggressively.
And many is the time I've seen someone blow past me, and then I pass them shortly as they're pulled over talking to a trooper. LOL!!
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[Edited 2004-11-28 13:16:07]
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EGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 37 Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2541 times:
OK If you don't want to get caught speeding usually you can go a certain speed over the limit. It works nearly all of the time even through speed camera's, although its a good idea to obey speed camera's if they are there as they are in that location for a reason .
If you stay 5 miles per hour over the speed limit plus 10% of whatever the speed limit is you should be fine, although I do no some people that claim to have been pulled over for less (whether they got fined or not is a different story). So thats 38mph in a 30 limit (although obviously if you're driving down a high street at that speed you're an idiot!). 49 in a 40, 60 in a 50, 71 in a national speed limit and 82 on the motorway/dual carriageway). I've never been stopped at these speeds but i regularly exceed them. Usually if the rest of traffic is travelling at the same speeds for whatever reason (sometimes the motorway moves at 70 in traffic so going 85 wouldn't be sensible etc) then its sensible to stay around that speed.
Basically, I think that speed limits are a rough guidline, in some places i'll go under the limit and some place's i'll stay over (most places ), I think its just a question of circumstance. You can't slam a speed limit on all roads because all roads are different and some it is more than safe to exceed it. I'm well aware that despite this fact you're still supposed to stay at the speed limit but how many people actually do, and how popular are they with the rest of the motorists on the road?
Air2gxs From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2530 times:
I've had many discussions with my police buddies about this subject. The general consensus is:
If you're moving with the flow of traffic, you should be OK. Be stupid about it (passing, changing lanes for advantage, weaving through traffic, i.e.) and you'll draw a ticket.
If you're alone on the road, stick to 5 - 10 mph above (depending on weather/road conditions) on you should be OK.
I used to drive the Southern State on LI every morniing just before the rush hour and we (the other 10,000 cars on the road) would fly along at 70 - 80 mph (speed limit 55, some places 50). Never once got pulled over, even by the trooper station, because we were all doing it and usually no one was trying to pass. Very exciting, 2 car length seperation and high speed.
YooYoo From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 6055 posts, RR: 51 Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2523 times:
Here in Canuck land, specifically the Toronto Ontario area, our speed limit on highways is 100 Km/h.
So, the average driver will drive at a speed between 100 - 120. Why 120 as a limit? It has been rumored that our OPP, aka State Troopers (sort of), will not stop anybody going more that 20+ the posted limit. In my short driving experience I have found this to be true.
To sum it up....Minimum 100..... max 120 Km/h
That is what the speed limit means to me..... at least on our highways.
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LHSebi From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 1049 posts, RR: 9 Reply 8, posted (9 years 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2520 times:
Disclaimer: All of the limits below are in km/h, since I live in Germany .
Well, in the city with a limit of 50, I don't try to break it. Obviously sometimes you accidentally go slightly over (a couple of km/h) but nothing serious...just take foot off the pedal slightly, and you're ok again.
Outside of cities (the limit here is 100), I usually end up at 105 or something.
On highways, when there is a speedlimit I do stick to it, or at the very most, go along with traffic on the right lane. When the limit is open, I just fit my driving to the situation. If the weather is ok, and not much traffic, I will usually just floor it, and drive along. On open stretches I will probably average 160-180 or so, but that usually doesn't last long, as the next construction site will be around the corner! (Germans will know what I'm talking about )
Anyhow, if this may seem kind of careful to people, I am! Here in Germany, during the first two years after getting your license, you're put on a sort of probation. If you get caught breaking the law, they will punish you a lot harder than they normally would, so I am especially careful. Once my probation is done, I will just go along with traffic. It's better to be a bit slower, and get there in a little more time, than to not get there at all!
I guess that's what happens in the end, you start thinking about the beginning.
Air2gxs From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 9, posted (9 years 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2510 times:
I have learned that here in the DFW area, you can pretty much go as fast as you want on the highways (as long as you're not being stupid), but stick real close to the speed limit on the streets, especially near schools.
Ybacpa From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1108 posts, RR: 1 Reply 10, posted (9 years 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2491 times:
Don't do that on 114! Almost everyone I work with, not including me (Knock on wood), has gotten a ticket on 114 in the past two months.
Anyway, I've found speed limits are almost universally ignored across the country. The key is to avoid standing out like a sore thumb.
I've also found that driving a relatively new, clean car helps. My friend, who used to drive a circa 1975 VW bus, fully equiped with rust and mismatched paint, was pulled over 32 times on a cross country trip. Although he never received a ticket (simply because the thing wasn't capable of moving faster than about 60 MPH), he finally had to start refusing to allow the police to search the van since each search was taking about an hour and a half. Ironically, this had the effect of getting him an unofficial police escort for the next 60 or so miles, while they waited for him to do something stupid. Instead, it just delayed the next trooper encounter by about 20 minutes.
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Airplay From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 11, posted (9 years 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2491 times:
Homosexuals seem to go 69 all the time no matter what...
That's not homophobia folks, that's just a plain fact of this (and from what I've heard, quite a few other) locales
But seriously folks....the speed limit is the conservative limit for ideal conditions. Going a few knots over on the highway on dry road won't hurt anyone. However, following our first major snowfall this winter, you can tell those who temper their speed for the conditions from those who just feel the uncontrollable desire to go fast no matter who they kill.
So the primary factor for me is the road conditions including congestion. Playgrounds/schools/residential are a huge exception. No speeding, no how.
BH346 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3265 posts, RR: 15 Reply 16, posted (9 years 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2447 times:
Around here, there are a lot of speedtraps, especially around my school in the mornings. I always see someone getting a ticket when I go to school so I try to stick to the speed limit (even though it's ridiculously low in some of the small towns in the country so they can get people to stop and buy something there). Within Wichita there are a good amount of speedtraps on the major roads as well as the freeways so I don't take my chances there either.
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PlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11500 posts, RR: 62 Reply 18, posted (9 years 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2437 times:
Speed limits are something to aspire to when riding my bike Joking aside, I have actually been stopped for speeding, on my pushbike. Some lame-ass cops were sat in a laybye having their lunch when I came through a village with a 20 limit doing 37mph. I had a spedo fitted so I couldn`t use that as an excuse
Generally here in the UK as long as your not doing anything dangerous the police won't worry, most people will do 85-90 on the motorways. Get above that and they start to take an interest, some fool got stopped the other day for doing 150mph on a duel carriageway near Exeter, highest speed ever recorded in the UK I think.
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DeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 19, posted (9 years 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2424 times:
Depends on where I'm at...to me, the speed limit means the minimium suggested speed for that area. Stick to it if you wanna be slow, but you can always go faster. Concordeboy hit it on the head, except down here in FL, it's blacks and hispanics that won't ever touch the speed....or minivans. (please don't take that as racism, thats how it turly is) On city/urban streets, usually 5-10 over will do. Highway, (like I-95, on the deserted stretches), it can mean up to 15-20 over on a good day.
So basically the speed limit doesn't mean much to me
Luisde8cd From Pitcairn Islands, joined Aug 2004, 2521 posts, RR: 32 Reply 24, posted (9 years 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2372 times:
Here in Venezuela there are is no police to enforce speed limits. So there are no speed limits. On highways I go as fast as I can and the only thing that makes me take my foot of the gas is when I encounter traffic ahead of me, but I just switch to any clear lane (can be right lane) and I pass the slow guy and then keep on going
Max speed I've done is 110 mph or around 180 km/hr on my '98 Mitsubishi Eclipse.
25 LY744: YooYoo, they might as well make the 120km/h speed limit official. On the open stretches of the 400 series highways (401 at least) they have those "Spe
26 Jamotcx: In built up areas with shops, houses, schools etc etc I try to keep to the speed limit, but it seems I spend more time looking at my speed than out of
27 USAIRWAYS321: Here in the Seattle ares, the speeds that I (and most everyone) follow are roughly: 25: 30 30: 35 35: 43 40: 46 45: 51 50: 56 55: 65 60: 70 to 75 65:
28 Seb146: USAIRWAYS321: You're joking, right? I have yet to get above 35 on any road in Seattle because of traffic..... What is a speed limit? Is that those whi
29 57AZ: Here in TUS, the speed limits are fairly generous due to the design of the roadways. Most in the central downtown area are 35 mph with the remainder b
30 Vikkyvik: Here in good old Massachusetts, we all are wondering why there are white signs with black numbers on the sides of the roads. We're always going too fa
31 Go3Team: I usually try to stay 5-10 over. Trying to get my license points back to a normal level. Stunts like this don't help to much...(yes, its me driving, n
32 57AZ: Most cars around here actually do the speed limit. That's mostly due to the consistantly high law enforcement presence. About half the time I've seen
33 ORDflyer: When in urban areas I'll usually do at or just above the speed limit since traffic is usually too bad to go faster anyways. On interstates I'll usuall
34 Flymia: What ever traffic is going at is the best way. There are a few areas where I know there are always cops so I try to do only 3-6 above the Limit. Other
35 Redngold: I am one of those "annoying" drivers who tries to stay at or slightly below the speed limit, especially when driving in urban areas (like where I live
36 Springbok747: I never, ever stick to the speed limit except in urban areas...too many cameras and speed traps around! But, here in Adelaide, most of the people driv
37 Rj111: Speed limit means = If you see a kid on the pavement slow down, otherwise go as fast as the car infront will let you.
38 Cactus739: On the freeways I usually do about 5-10 over the speed limit. City streets I usually do 5 over. One of the roads near my house is so poorly kept (51st
39 LOT767-300ER: Here in Chicago and ill use I-90 the Kennedy Expwy as an example. In a 25 usually 35-40 In a 35 usually 45-50 In a 45 usually 60 In a 55 (I-90 speed)
40 CanadianNorth: For Yukoners speed limits are just something for our goverment to spend money on making signs for. Say on the highway if the limit is 90 most people w
41 174thfwff: I actually do the posted speed limit in town because you never know where a little kid is or whatever. But on the highway, I try to find the fastest g
42 ClassicLover: In Sydney, I use the 10% rule. Apparently speed camera are calibrated to only pick you up when you're 10% over the speed limit, to take into account s
43 Thecoz: If you're driving on the sidewalk, you should limit it to 45.
44 AAplatnumflier: For me it means nothing because I cant drive. But if I was able to drive it would mean the speed that you should go at when there is a policemen in th
45 LY744: ^...Or use the good old Mark I eyeball. LY744.
46 USAIRWAYS321: Seb146: I don't do much driving in downtown Seattle, but on the freeway (when it's not stop-and-go) and in suburbs, especially in Snohomish County, th
47 Lehpron: In san diego no one knows what a speed limit is, even in the rain, they won't know why they are in the ditch. everyone is in such a friggin hurry, how
48 High_flyr69: The speed limit is the MAXIMUM speed you are allowed to travel in that given area, privided IT IS SAFE TO DO SO. All these half arse goons who do 5 km
49 Andz: Our motorway speed limit is 120km/h and is totally ignored by most people, if I cruise at 140 then I am in the mainstream, 160 in the fast lane is abo
50 AA777: 25 = 35 30 = 40 35 = 45-50 (depending on the road) 45 = 50-55 55 = 60-65 60= 70-75. 65= 70-80. I try to stay with traffic... I like to drive faster on
51 Lehpron: You know what really gets me the most though: when the local news issues warnings to motorists that the CHP (california highway patrol) is out in forc
52 DeltaGuy: Then there are my racing speeds.... I shouldnt tell people that I was doing 120 very recently... lol Ahhh...120...that's what I usually hover at as I'
53 USAir1489: In New Jersey, it varies depending on where you are. In my neighborhood, the speed limit is 25 and that is strictly enforced. The township police almo
54 N317AS: I was being followed by a WSP one night, many years ago, and I was doing, (as he said and I confirmed) 105 in the straightaways and 90 in the curves.
55 Malb777: On roads with a limit I stick to them , but in the Northern Territory Australiai we have no limit on the main North South highway as far as the South/
56 Sayem55: "To sum it up....Minimum 100..... max 120 Km/h That is what the speed limit means to me..... at least on our highways. Andreas " Sooooo true
57 Racko: In the city I obey to the limit, outside cities I drive speed limit +20 if the the weather conditions allow it.
58 Sabena332: Usually I drive 10 km/h more than allowed but not near schools and in residential areas. On the Autobahn mostly as fast as my car goes (when weather a
59 LH423: As Vikkyvik said, here in MA we tend to look at Speed Limit signs are friendly suggestions, rather than anything to abide by. And MA State Troopers do
60 Phxairfan: Speed Limits are general suggestions as to how fast the right lane should go. I usually tend to stick within 10 of them in the city, and 20 on the hig
61 NWADC9: Speed limits mean nothing to a 13-year-old like me, but to my dad: 5mph=20 10=20 15=25 25=40-50 50-65=60-90 65+=70-90 One time he even reached 101 on
62 Pilotaydin: speed limit in turkey means 2 things 1. A friendly suggestion that no one cares about 2. A target for people with a gun at night who are bored in the
63 EK001: Speed Limit means nothing usually. I try to do atleast 50% more thant he speed limit posted. In Europe and UAE, I usually do about 160-180 Km/h oh teh
64 High_flyr69: I cant believe it.. A forum full of dickheads who think going unessesarily fast and breaking speed limits and putting other people lives at risk is wo
65 Bhill: The speed at which if you exceed, State Revenue Enhancements commence. That being said, it is interesting to read up on the design criteria of the US
66 LY744: Cut the self-righteous crap high_flyr69. Not all drivers are created equally, so painting everybody with the same brush is just a lame (albeit necessa
67 KDTWFlyer: Too bad Montana doesn't have the "resonable and prudent" speed designation anymore : )
68 PPGMD: On residential streets I do the limit. On major roads I do 5-10 over the limit. On city highways I do 10-15 over the limit, unless I'm in an area know
69 PHLBOS: Too bad Montana doesn't have the "resonable and prudent" speed designation anymore According to a Car & Driver magazine article a few years ago; too m
70 N243NW: Hi all: This topic reminds me of the Pirates of the Caribbean quote: They're more what you'd call guidelines than actual rules... For me, I usually do
71 Delta767300ER: I'm bad about speeding. In my county all 3 city police agencies run radar very aggressive. The county Sheriff's Dept. currently has 4 Traffic Enforcem
72 COFreqFlyer: For those aeronautically inclined, 250 knots below 10,000 feet. Or for more scientific ones, 186,000 miles per second. Anything less is irrelevant.
73 Seb146: High_flyr69: I learned how to drive in the flat wheat country of rural Oregon. Not much to hit out there. We also learned where the speed traps are an
74 707cMf: Depens. On the motorway, I am now rarely more than 10 kph over the speed limit (burns too much expensive fuel). On country road, I don't really care a
75 UTA_flyingHIGH: I am careful when driving on city or country roads. On motorways, if the weather is good and the traffic is light... UTA
76 707cMf: I am careful when driving on city or country roads. Being over the speed limit does not mean not being careful. As a matter of fact, I meant I adapted