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Question of the Day: Should the national speed limit be lowered to 60 mph?

By corsa

I'll keep this one short. You may have heard that Senator John Warner has asked the Energy Secretary to study the effects of lowering the speed limit to 60 mph on fuel consumption, and Congresswoman Jackie Speier has proposed a national speed limit of 60 mph.

You thoughts: should the national speed limit be lowered? I vote "no." Let us know what you think in the comments.

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offroad1
Aug 30, 2008 at 11:57 am
i say no it will take us longer to get were ever we went to go.i live in the country and i takes an hour to get to tulsa
 
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BIG_JON
Aug 6, 2008 at 4:37 pm
I say no, if you want to save gas then make electric cars cheaper, and buy one of them. leave the speeds alone
 
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awiilyd
Jul 20, 2008 at 11:24 pm
My v6 Jetta gets an average of 27 mpg at 75-80. At 65 it averages 28-29 mpg. That's only a 4% difference!! My 1999 1 ton chevy box van gets maybe 10 mpg regardless of in town or highway at any speed. By lowering the speed limit it will take me longer to get to my job site and I will be forced to increase my mileage rates to compensate for time lost!! I realize I'm a bit of an exception, but why should I be 'punished' for no reason, when it's still perfectly legal for anyone looking for the best mileage to drive 60 in a 75??
 
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camaro1093ac
Jul 18, 2008 at 10:15 pm
We have already been there done that in the 70`s,it didn`t work then and it won`t work now.The first thing they should do is teach people how to drive not just get a lic.. They should tinker with things like red lights .Only turn red if there are cars at the intersection not be put on a timer so you wait 2 min.for nothing.It`s 2008 they should be able to come up with a better system.
 
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Jul 17, 2008 at 7:00 pm
first of all I don't believe for one second that there is an oil shortage, there certainly is no greed shortage. If the vehicles are designed to be most efficient at the current speed limit, then lowering the speed limit will not improve mileage. If the speed limit is lowered, the only way you can keep pace with the mileage you get now will be to change your gear ratio at the expense of performance. A little lie I used to tell about my Dodge Cummins was that it got 18mpg whether it was hauling 3 tons, empty, or sitting still in a parking lot. Obviously not true, but very difficult to disprove.
 
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Toicontien
Jul 17, 2008 at 10:38 am
Quothe Johny Carson: "If God had meant us to go 55mph, he wouldn't have made speedometers that read 120" biggrin image
 
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jesse
Jul 16, 2008 at 11:53 pm
no way 60 is to slow it tricks people in to thinking they are safe but it is really worse because it is boring people will fall a sleep if any thing it should be rasied to 100 at least
 
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mohrt
Jul 16, 2008 at 11:42 pm
You as asking the wrong crowd smile image Slowing down makes a lot of sense.... to those who see cars purely for their function. Folks around Motortopia are passionate about their cars, and any law that dampens that passion is probably going to get some flack. For me, moving along at 60 instead of 75 takes away from the pleasure of driving.
 
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SINISTERGN
Jul 16, 2008 at 9:17 pm
Have you all forgoten the past? The speed limit was lowered in the 70's, and guess what, fuel consuption went down! This is something that will have an immediate effect on oil consumption. Thus allowing us a little more time to solve this fuel problem we have. It will have very little effect on everyone's precious time. Look at it this way it will take you 12 minutes longer to make an hour trip. 12 minutes is not that long, when you consider the positive effects it will have. In a few years when we get or energy independence back on track we can raise it again. We've done this before people, and it didn't kill us then, it won't kill us now. In fact it may actually save you or someone you love! Because one of it's side effects will be lower vehicle fatalitys.
 
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donnalove
Jul 16, 2008 at 9:04 pm
75 to 70 is one thing, below that the Highway Patrols will be busy. You know most will speed at a 60 speed limit. No to 60
 

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