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    That really shouldn't cramp anyone's style, as even at 40 mph, it only take 3 hours to drive across England.

    At 80 mph, it takes 12 hours just to drive across Texas!
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    Living in Central FL I happened to have met a really nice fellow from the UK here on holiday (vacation) as we were filling our vehicles with petrol (gasoline) at a local 7-11.

    He, of course, was driving a rental car and I my GMC crew cab pickup. He was interested in the truck and wanted to know about the engine etc. I popped the hood and we were discussing the Vortec 4.8 liter V8.

    He said "splendid!" Really a nice guy

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    I would say more wrecks happen on surface streets at lower speeds than on the highways.

    Idiots at intersections.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManxTom View Post
    Yes Sir, indeed sir.. the reasoning behind this is that RTA'a (road traffic accidents) are likely to need medics on scene, treatment at hospital etc., all of which tie up EMT and doctors/nurses when they are needed for Covid-19 'duties'. Cut the speed limit, cut the chances of an accident. That's how 'they' perceive it.
    There's never been proven to be any correlation between higher speeds and traffic accidents. Actually, quite the opposite. The 55 mph speed limit (for cars, 45 for trucks) was introduced here in 1974, supposedly as a measure to conserve fuel even though there was no basis in fact. Several organizations and groups sued states and the feds in court, armed with factual data proving that it actually resulted in higher fuel consumption but it was still retained under the false assertion that it was saving lives. One organization fighting it was the AMA (American Motorcyclist Association) who produced a study published in the US News and World Report (1979 IIRC), proving the lower speed limit was responsible for an increase in traffic deaths. This study confirmed that highway death tolls were decreasing every year, as they had since NHTSA began keeping track in 1955. However, since the inception of the 55 mph speed limit, the numbers began decreasing at a much lower rate than before. In reality, the 55 mph speed limit was killing at least 10,000 more people every year.
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    Speed limiits?

    Over here, you can usually get a chip that will take care of that for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jake3501 View Post
    That really shouldn't cramp anyone's style, as even at 40 mph, it only take 3 hours to drive across England.

    At 80 mph, it takes 12 hours just to drive across Texas!
    Forget England... our little Island is only 33 miles long and 11 miles wide. (about 240 sq miles) You can't be any more than 5 miles from the sea.. No doubt there are ranches bigger than our Island in Texas..!!
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    Speed limits are set by the states or local governments. Depending on the state, Interstate speed limits run between 65-75. When they go through a town, they will drop lower and I've seen 45 or 50 when leading up to major interstate junctions or mergers.

    Be aware of what you are driving, too. Some states have different speed limits based on vehicle size, whether or not you are towing a trailer or not, or how many wheels you have on the ground. For example, tractor trailers have to run 55 in CA no matter what the speed limit is for the rest of the vehicles on the road. That RV (caravan?) you rented may have a limit of 55 or 60 in one state while it has no special limit in any of the adjacent states. Just towing a boat or travel trailer may drop you to a 55mph speed limit in some states.

    State or US highways vary depending on how it's built (2 lane, 4 lane, controlled access with exits,...) and what state it's in. They tend to have higher limit stretches between towns.

    When you drive state and US highways, be aware that some towns intentionally set up speed traps with their in-town speed limits and how quickly you are expected to go from highway speeds to their in-town 25-35MPH speed limits.

    There's a town in GA called Ty-Ty (southern GA near where the Vidalia sweet onions originate) that is notorious for that. At one time, the speed limit went from 65 to 35 in about 500 yards (on a 4 lane, divided highway) and there was always a local policeman sitting half hidden behind a business sign just waiting for the driver that was caught unawares. Some of these small towns use their speed trap as a major revenue stream for the town.

    I had to do some work over in south GA today and there were local LEO's manning all of the 'usual' speed traps on GA520. One of the more memorable ones is in Cusseta. The speed limit drops from 65 to 55 (for no reason apparent to the driver unless they know the area since the multi-lane road was routed away from what passes for a downtown when it was built) just before you top a hill that's both longer and steeper on the other side. The local LEO will be sitting in a gas station parking lot on the west bound side at the bottom of the hill.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimmyA View Post
    Living in Central FL I happened to have met a really nice fellow from the UK here on holiday (vacation) as we were filling our vehicles with petrol (gasoline) at a local 7-11.

    He, of course, was driving a rental car and I my GMC crew cab pickup. He was interested in the truck and wanted to know about the engine etc. I popped the hood and we were discussing the Vortec 4.8 liter V8.

    He said "splendid!" Really a nice guy
    I bet he really said "Oh I say.. how splendid old boy..".
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