Speed Limits

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  1. saturneptune

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    What is the highest speed limit sign you have ever seen? How fast do you drive in relation to the limit? For me, the highest I ever saw was on I10 in West Texas, 85 mph. I usually set my speed about 3 mph above the limit.
     
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    The Autobahn in 1970s and 1980s Germany. There was no speed limit. And yes, you could literally get run over if you didn't move over for faster vehicles.
     
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    I think 75 is the highest I have ever seen. I usually go 5 mpg below the limit.
     
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    85 in Montana and West Texas.
     
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    TNC is absoutley correct - I drove the autobahn quite often.
    Even though there was no German speed limit, US military vehicles, including sedans were subject to a USAEURE speed limit of 55 mph (80 kph). That meant when I drove a sedan from Zweibruecken to Bremerhaven I had to stay in the right lane. Note: North of Frankfurt to B-Town was like driving in West Texas.
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    Of course the real fun driving up there was having to buy gas on the economy with AAFFES gas stamps
     
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    75 is the highest I've seen, and I usually drove a little over the speed limit--no more than 5 miles over.
     
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    88 mph in Back To The Future.
     
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    I had a Mercedes 280S sedan that wouldn't go over 220 kmph (136 mph) with the sunroof open. It would cruise all day at 150 (93 mph). Had a 1975 BMW 2002 that would do the same but no where near as comfortable as the MB. Back then, if you were caught speeding, they'd take a picture of you and your car send it along with your ticket to your unit. I got my first ticket in the BMW. That cost me 40DM right on the roadside paid directly to the polizei. The next three came to the unit and you went to the Deutsche Post and paid it.
     
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    I took my 1969 Mustang Mach I 428 Cobra Jet over there. Cost and arm and a leg, but I was a newly minted officer, young and stupid. Scared the heck out of myself, some of my fellow pilots who weren't used to flying that low, and no less than three young German women who were familiar with speed but not the throaty noise behind the power of an American muscle car.

    My CO didn't much like my car, either. He kept getting calls from the local German police asking him to get me to slow down (I tended to forget where the Autobahn stopped). :laugh:
     
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    I have heard that there is one Northwestern State that has no limit only unsafe driving for conditions. Any one else ever hear of this?
     
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    I drove 120 out on the flats in Utah, in '95. Their kinda isn't even a road there, you just aim towards the pass in the mountains ahead ( going west).
    I have no idea if that is the place.
     
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    Montana had a non-numeric "reasonable and prudent" speed limit during the daytime on most rural roads

    This from Wiki

    In 1974 it has been stated that the Federal Govt imposed a Federal Speed limit ( brought on by the so called oil crisis). However - there was never a federal speed limit. It was A federal Blackmail law. If a State or Comonwealth did not lower its speed limit to 55, the Feds would withhold federal highway funds.
     
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    I don't remember!
    I just try to keep it at what the speed limit says unless it's dangerous to do so. There are places in Detroit where you'll get run over if you go that slow, there are places in California where you'll head off a cliff if you go that fast on certain curves, (love roadrunner cliffs with no/minimal guardrails and a semi headed straight for ya, lol MEEP MEEP) one state where there was always deer at 6 am and thus dangerous to go as fast as the speed limit, etc..
     
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    Speed limits!

    Freeways in Nebraska are mostly 75 MPH (Min 40). Around Omaha the traffic gets worse and the limits go down.

    I also drive to Oregon, PDSR California and Florida to see my (adult) offspring and consequently drive a number of roads and freeways with various speeds.

    The "Extraterrestrial Highway" in Nevada is one of those 'reasonable and prudent' speed limit areas, as I recall. Most of Nevada used to be that way, but I think the Feds made them post limits during the gas crisis of the early 70s.

    Normally, on open roads I drive between posted limit and five over. I don't act squirrelly and haven't been pulled over in the last ten years or so. (The automobile in my avatar IS current and my daily driver.) In town, I drive cautiously and conservatively. Too many pedestrians where I live.
     

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