Why do drivers speed down the highway?

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Why do drivers speed down the highway?

  1. To show off the vehicle

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  2. Because drivers are generally late

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  3. Selfishness about safety and resources

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  4. Because drivers generally do not watch/measure their speed

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  5. Because it’s one way to snub/disrespect ‘the law’

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  6. An ancient instinct to not be slower than others or we will be “prey”

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  7. Because it’s fun

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  8. To show off driving skill

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  9. Because driving is dangerous anyway and speeding makes little difference

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  10. Other reason

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  1. Alcott

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    Almost everyone knows that drivers generally speed, ignoring the law because it’s so easy to get away with it in this case. So the answer(s) sought is not “because it’s easy to get away with it,” but why the large majority of drivers wish to speed. Romans 13 also does not have anything directly to do with this, but in a discussion it may figure in among believers.
     
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    On many limited access expressways, the speed limit is too low.
     
  3. Alcott

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    How do you arbitrarily determine that? Are you not saying it's too slow just because a vast majority want to go faster?
     
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    Depends on traffic, road conditions, even lanes, ect....

    Left lanes should be higher - and with a stict enforcement of too slow vehicles.

    big problem is tailgating, as well
     
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    The speed limit for a left lane should be higher than for others? I thought in most states now it is illegal to 'cruise' in the left lane; that lane is for passing. One problem I've seen is a car gets into the left lane to pass, then the vehicle it was passing speeds up, so the passing car would have to increase speed more than is desired, or fall back to get into the right lane again, which may be difficult. That's one of my long-time observations: if a car is going say, 59, in the right lane and the car behind wants to go 60, that car will try to pass. But in a majority of cases, something like the power of suggestion seems to tell the slightly slower car to pick up. The driver may not even know it, but he/she does speed up very slightly, creating the sitation I described.

    Then it's tailgating for the car trapped for a moment in the left lane, which sometimes will not speed up enough to overtake the car it meant to pass. But "stict enforcement of too slow vehicles"... do you want to ticket those old drivers who don't react quickly or trust themselves to drive as fast as the average driver, or do you want to make licensing tests more rigid, thereby making many septagenerians (or older) more dependent?

    That's part of the purpose of this poll & thread: driving is made challenging, sometimes perilous, for those who, for whatever reason, don't keep up with the flow. And the flow is faster than it has to be... so why have we made it thus?
     
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    TOo bad I could only choose one. I spoke for myself. When I speed, I do so for several reasons:

    * I am late.
    * I am not paying attention.
    * I am going with the flow of traffic.
     
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    Probably for the same reason that we cannot wait for the last three seconds on the microwave to finish before opening the door.
     
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    It's easier than speeding in the ditch. :D
     
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    heheheheheheheheheheheheheh
     
  10. Matt Black

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    I ticked 'Other'; in the UK there's a margin of about 10% above the limit before you get ticketed so for most people I think it's about driving as fast as you can realistically get away with, with the aim of minimizing the journey time.
     
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    Until you kill some kid on a bike in a residential neighborhood or some lady walking her dog. Runnin late....make up the time by blowin thru the hood. Tired at night, blow thru da hood.
     
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  12. Salty

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    On the other hand kids should not be playing in the street, and pedestians should be walking against traffic so they can see oncomming traffic.
     
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    ... and when you thump one for not following your rules & regulations, will you tell that to the dead child's mother?
     
  14. Alcott

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    Neither the poll nor the discussion has gone as I had thought. I remain the lone answer to the "...ancient instinct..." idea, which I have gradually developed over the years. Of course we know we can almost always get away with speeding 5-10 mph over the posted limit, because one usually has to be going faster than that before any l.e. officers will even consider pulling one over. But what's really behind this?

    I remember years ago, when the highway speed limit was 55 (a federal requirement for states to implement if they are going to get federal $$ to build highways), and a guy a year or 2 younger than I wore a T-shirt to work with the 55 in a square and above it "Can't drive..." Since I started driving when that was the limit, obviously he did, too. So he had never legally driven above 55. Why was that law unreasonable to someone who had always driven under it (unless he drove as an unlicensed 13 or 14 year old)? Because the consensus told him so? Yes-- but what would he be, or how would he feel, driving 'that slow' if everybody he knew, and almost every other driver on the highway, drove faster? A wimp? a sissy? a goody-goody? Like the slower of the 2 men being chased by a bear, who said, "We can't outrun that bear!" and the faster man said, "I don't have to outrun that bear-- I just have to outrun YOU!"

    What makes cattle stampede? Not all of them are afrighted by the boulder that came rolling down or the howl of a wolf from a mile away. But when a few got spooked, they took off in the direction away from it, the rest joined in, and they keep running for miles. I doubt if they process any such thought as "Uh, what are a-runnin' for? Moo-ooh!" They just take off and try to run as fast as the others around them. Humans may not qualify (exactly) as herd animals, but we have the same instincts to stay around our "own kind" doing what they do, hopefully better. That explains the big interest in athletic competition, for example. So why wouldn't it apply to extensions of our technology into what we think are necessities, like going to work, getting back to those important to us, accomplishing whatever 'missions' we have to do?

    Okay, this may have brought laughs already. But that's what I think of when I drive about 16 miles on the highway to work and 16 miles back at 60 mph, because I have experimented and determined that that I get 1.8 extra miles per gallon of fuel compared to when I drive 70, like most other drivers (with 'local' driving the same). On that 18-mile stretch, the difference in time is only 2 minutes, which is much less than my self-required 12 minutes 'of play' to avoid being late by occasional slowdowns.
     
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  15. Carolina Baptist

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    On limited access highways with more than one lane each direction, I tend to drive about 5 over. I am usually the among the slowest on the highway.

    Years ago, while running with the flow of traffic (more than 10 mph over the posted limit), I was picked out and ticketed.
     

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