Posts Tagged ‘speeding’
Some of us are turtles in life. We go down the highway without a need to arrive anywhere in any great hurry. Some of us are speed demons – there is no where that can’t be gotten to faster. I personally think that being faster is an evolutionary advantage. Some of us may have mutated out of it, but most of us still act like there’s a saber-toothed cat chasing us down the freeway at seventy miles per hour.
Like most of us, I feel the need for speed but wind up falling somewhere in the middle. I admit to having days where the sky is beautiful and I am just out running errands on no real time frame . . . and I’m pissing off other drivers who do have a place to be. And other days those lollygaggers had best just get the heck out of my way.
Like most others, I am not committed to the speed limit for the sake of the law and I don’t fully understand the speed limits. That 55mph that still exists on most freeways was installed to help stem the fuel crisis of the Seventies. Hello? Seventies over. Fuel crisis no longer the same issue.
Now some claims say that it’s far better to go slow, that you can save up to 33% of your fuel bill by simply driving the speed limit. Part of that is true – if you drive 60 miles in one hour then turn around and drive back the same 60 miles in two hours you will use less gas on the return trip. But if you want to shave a full 33% off your gas charges you’d better have been going 90mph the vast majority of the time and then you need to slow it down to 30mph. Keep in mind, too, that anything you save on your fuel bill is likely to be offset by the medical bills from that heart attack you’re going to get.