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Old 08-18-2011, 03:58 PM   #15
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Seventeen (17) states have a significant speed differential between trailers and cars that is specified mandatory. These 17 states have a maximum towing speed limited to 55 mph and where cars are limited to 65-75 mph.
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Seventeen (17) states have a significant speed differential between trailers and cars that is specified mandatory. These 17 states have a maximum towing speed limited to 55 mph and where cars are limited to 65-75 mph.
That's too bad. Making people become hazards to others. I'm glad the vast majority of states aren't so foolish.
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I have not towed above 55 mph since July of 2005 when I calculated that 11 mpg at 70 mph. I tow on all Interstate Highways at 55 mph everywhere I go; even on I-20 in Texas, where the speed limit is 80. Speeders don't want to rear-end anyone any more than I want to be rear-ended; I am NOT afraid of it. Most Interstate Highways have at least 2 lanes in each direction. I stay in the farthest regular right lane (not counting transition lanes). Everyone goes around me no problem, for 6 years and counting... that big yellow-and-black "Caution" sign on the back of the trailer is visible from far behind giving them plenty of time to adjust.
Isn't the far right lane the passing lane in TX?

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Seventeen (17) states have a significant speed differential between trailers and cars that is specified mandatory. These 17 states have a maximum towing speed limited to 55 mph and where cars are limited to 65-75 mph.
I would bet the vast majority restrict trailer towing to the same speed limit as the big trucks... humm I don't think that's a problem! YMMV
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Seventeen (17) states have a significant speed differential between trailers and cars that is specified mandatory. These 17 states have a maximum towing speed limited to 55 mph and where cars are limited to 65-75 mph.
Actually, unless more have changed, there are 13 of the lower 48 states which have a towing limit of 55MPH on the interstate , plus Alaska, Hawaii and DC.
"ILLannoy" raised it last year to 65MPH
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The fact is that higher speeds cause more accidents than lower speeds.
Actually it is just the opposite. The number one cause of traffic collisions is traffic traveling too slow and obstructing traffic. All the traffic moving together at one speed is not so bad when they are moving together, no matter what the speed. A slower moving vehicle is an obstruction.

I used to be a licensed traffic safety instructor, licensed by the Texas Education Agency. So stay in the right lane when driving slow.

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Of course it is true that "speed kills," and vehicles going significantly faster than the flow of traffic are hazardous, but does anyone here know of a definitive study on vehicles going significantly slower than the speed limit?
Yes, and you are correct. I answered in another post that studies show the number one cause of traffic collisions is improper speed, specifically driving too slow. Yes, ojbective traffic studies show that. I used to be a traffic safety instructor (defensive driving) and that's what the studies show, along with some other amazing things.

The number one cause is NOT speeding. It is safest to keep up with the flow of traffic. If the police notice a group of drivers, the one most likely to be arrested or ticketed is the one obstructing traffic, not the people driving too fast. When someone causes you to change lanes, that is a traffic obstruction, a traffic hazzard. Every day on one of my local drives, it is 14 miles on a four lane (each direction) freeway. Every day, I get behind at least three different cars holding up traffic...in the left lane, the fast lane. There are THREE OTHER LANES for them to polk along in. If cops came by, the car arrested would not be us speeders, but the person driving in the left lane with 5 to 10 cars held up behind them.

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Isn't the far right lane the passing lane in TX?

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Left lane for passing. Slow traffic to the right.

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Yes, and you are correct. I answered in another post that studies show the number one cause of traffic collisions is improper speed, specifically driving too slow. Yes, ojbective traffic studies show that. I used to be a traffic safety instructor (defensive driving) and that's what the studies show, along with some other amazing things.

The number one cause is NOT speeding. It is safest to keep up with the flow of traffic. If the police notice a group of drivers, the one most likely to be arrested or ticketed is the one obstructing traffic, not the people driving too fast. When someone causes you to change lanes, that is a traffic obstruction, a traffic hazzard. Every day on one of my local drives, it is 14 miles on a four lane (each direction) freeway. Every day, I get behind at least three different cars holding up traffic...in the left lane, the fast lane. There are THREE OTHER LANES for them to polk along in. If cops came by, the car arrested would not be us speeders, but the person driving in the left lane with 5 to 10 cars held up behind them.

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You can rationalize traffic accident causes anyway you desire.

If a speed related accident happens -"Is it because some impatient idiot was speeding or was it caused by the more prudent driver going the speed limit?"

As for me and mine - "I believe if everyone drives at or below the speed limit, it would not only save lives, it would also reduce property damage, lower insurance rates, and reduce the amount of foriegn oil we import."

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I really haven't found a great source for the causes of accidents but in general it seems alcohol, speed and distractions are all near the top. When I find a good source of statistics I'll post it.

We drive slow but stay to the right on multilane roads. When we can, we avoid the super high speed highways where speed limit signs are generally a joke, neither obeyed or enforced.

On many of the interstates you can be driving the speed limit, 65 mph around here and the maximum for trailer tires, and still have cars pass you at significant speed differentials.

Of course 13 states create a legal speed differential for trailers limiting them to 55 mph.
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You can rationalize traffic accident causes anyway you desire.
Wrong answer. I'm not rationalizing anything. What I said was the conclusion of multiple objective traffic studies taken over a period of years in various states. No rationalization needed.

If the objective was safety and reduction in the use of fossil fuels, we should just lower the speed limit to 20 mph everywhere and be done with it.

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We have a 17' trailer if road is posted 80 kph drive at 85 to 90. Will not win a drag race.

Have been passed on a solid line on a blind curve while doing 10 over and towing?

One time in a rock cut (blind curve) had an oncoming passing car in my lane#@#!

Lucky to drive away from that one after being pulled out of the grass ditch.

P.S. Like The 55 mph / 88.5 kph limit rule honda03842
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So stay in the right lane when driving slow.
This is good advise. I have noticed signs on some highways that say the LEFT lane is for passing only. I generally follow that line of thinking, though there are some !@#$%^&* Left Exit Ramps on several freeways here in California that are the exception to that rule.

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I answered in another post that studies show the number one cause of traffic collisions is improper speed, specifically driving too slow. Yes, objective traffic studies show that. I used to be a traffic safety instructor (defensive driving) and that's what the studies show, along with some other amazing things.
May we see the published study results that you refer to? Do you know the source? I would like to read the study to learn more...
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Wrong answer. I'm not rationalizing anything. What I said was the conclusion of multiple objective traffic studies taken over a period of years in various states. No rationalization needed.

If the objective was safety and reduction in the use of fossil fuels, we should just lower the speed limit to 20 mph everywhere and be done with it.

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Just to be clear; did this study showed that it was the drivers driving at or near the speed limit that were at fault for collisions of vehicles that were exciting speed limit or, just maybe, it was drivers that were driving substantially below the speed limit that were causing the trouble?
In my book of logic 101, if a speeding vehicle changes lanes because a vehicle ahead of him is driving reasonably close to speed limit, it is only because the vehicle (driver) behind made a decision to speed and to continue speeding and this driver is solely responsible for any accident that may happen as a result of his decision to speed.
Having said that, if somebody is driving in the hammer line at half the speed limit and gets hammered from behind, he deserved it!
On multi lane highways here, typical speed limit is 100 km/h and I normally tow at 95 km/h and stick to right lane. On secondary roads, the speed limit is 80 or 90 and that's the speed I tow at and frankly, I couldn't care any less if behind me is somebody who would like to go 150. When I get to a stretch where I think it's safe to pass me, I will signal (couple blinks with right turn signal) and than it's up to them to speed or not.
In summary, I see a lot of difference between vehicles moving slowly and vehicles moving slower than some other drivers would like.
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