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rhagfo

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Posted: 08/28/20 08:01pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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We all know that a 75 mph posted speed limit means traffic will be moving at 77 to 80. Personally, before I'd cruise along at anything less than 65, I'd get off the Interstate and use US highways. Traveling too far below the speed of traffic, IMO, is more dangerous than trying to keep up with it.


I never worry what happens behind me. If you can't plan/look ahead and go safely around me you DO NOT belong on an interstate.


You DO need to worry about what happens behind you, especially if you're the cause of it. Selfishly saying it's everyone else's responsibility to conform to your style of driving is just that, selfish -- and potentially dangerous. If I want to/need to drive 60 when the vast majority of traffic is moving at nearly 80, then I'm the one who doesn't belong on the interstate, and believe me, I've spend thousands of miles off the interstate for that exact reason.


I completely agree with this statement. Travelling slightly under the speed limit is not an issue but 15 - 20 MPH under the speed limit or flow of traffic is dangerous and inconsiderate. You should find an alternate route than the interstate or highway if you can't or won't keep up with traffic. RV or no RV.


I totally agree you need to move with traffic both interstates and secondary roads. We tow at about 60 on secondary roads with a 55 speed limit as this is what traffic seems to roll at.
On the interstates I will at least keep up with the right lane, if this means towing our 5er at 70 then so be it, tires are rated for plenty of speed.
Traveling 15 to 20 mph slower than the flow creates traffic issues behind you.


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riltri wrote:

Thanks for the responses. When we travel to/from Florida, we seemed to settle in around 63mph. Wasn't certain how the big rigs felt about RVs doing 17mph under the speed limit.....but that is where we are comfortable and what we will do.


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I have 81 mph rated trailer tires.

On the interstate I set the cruse at 65. I loose too much fuel mileage above 65. Yes I realize that I am going 20 mph slower than traffic at times, I always run with my trailer lights on, and stay in the right lane unless I am passing someone.

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GaryUT wrote:

I have 81 mph rated trailer tires.

On the interstate I set the cruse at 65. I loose too much fuel mileage above 65. Yes I realize that I am going 20 mph slower than traffic at times, I always run with my trailer lights on, and stay in the right lane unless I am passing someone.

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What speed is traffic traveling in the right lane? If you are traveling much less than the flow in the right lane, then you are creating a traffic issue.

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My combination has a sweet spot about 62 mph. Have found going close to 70 saves no time for the long haul do to reduced economy and more fuel stops.


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On flat interstate my gasser likes around 68, if I get down around the low 60s it has to downshift.


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I have driven a lot of miles. And if I needed to my truck would stroll. (once hit reset on GPS at Iowa/Neb. line. Next reset at CO. line. All the way across the state, average speed, 76 MPH. Yes I was scolded by safety dept)
But most times I would run 62, unless that was higher than the speed limit.
And for everybody talking about how a vehicle rolling 20 MPH below limit, in the right lane of a 4 lane divided highway? Are you saying you drive with your head so far up your rectum that you can't miss a parked car while driving 20 MPH? And calling somebody else a hazard?

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I never worry what happens behind me. If you can't plan/look ahead and go safely around me you DO NOT belong on an interstate.


Ditto, that's what the right lane is for.


If you are on low volume rural freeways, that's fine. Drivers coming up behind you have plenty of time to assess the situation and get around you safely.

In a congested urban freeway, doing 15-20mph under the prevailing speeds is dangerous both for you and for others, so don't be a jerk and keep up with traffic.

If no congestion, we shoot for around 60-65mph.


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I don't know about the rest of the country, but here in Texas we have several large commercial trucks on the interstates still governed at 65 mph. I'm no more of a hazard going 65 mph than they are.


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And for everybody talking about how a vehicle rolling 20 MPH below limit, in the right lane of a 4 lane divided highway? Are you saying you drive with your head so far up your rectum that you can't miss a parked car while driving 20 MPH? And calling somebody else a hazard?


/\ /\ /\ THIS what a great analogy!! It accurately describes how they must drive. Thank you.


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