November 28, 2006

Relevant speed.

Og of Neanderpundit is regaling us with tales of drivers on his way to work. More specifically about the ďBlue HairsĒ as he calls them, and the idiots that drive fancy cars that believe it gives them a right to hot rod through traffic. His little tale reminded me of an ongoing annoyance Iíve had for the last couple of months.

As some of you may remember, I tend to have a lead foot. Typically I drive about 10 mph over the posted limit. Iím generally not the fastest car on the road, but Iím definitely not the slowest. I donít care if people pass me and I donít mind passing people. Although I do hate it when they whip around me just to slow down. Especially if they are making a turn and come to an almost complete stop. But that is not what I want to talk about.

There is a stretch of road that I travel down every day to work. Itís only about four miles long, but in that stretch the speed limit goes from 30 to 35 to 40 to 45 miles per hour. When I start out on it Iím doing 40 miles an hour and just about everyone is passing me like Iím standing still. Every time the speed limit increases by 5 MPH, so do I. Again Iím generally being passed rather easily. Finally, when I get to the stretch of road that is 45 MPH, Iím doing 55 MPH. However, now all these cars that have been passing me are now being passed by me.

Can anyone explain this to me? I mean Iím still doing 10 over the speed limit. Speeding tickets in the state of Illinois increase in severity based on how fast over the speed limit you are going, not on how fast in total you are going. Thus doing 40 in a 30 has the same fine as 55 in a 45. However, doing 50 in a 30 has a larger fine then 55 in a 45. Why the hell do all these morons not accelerate past 50? I donít know, but I get annoyed when they start boxing me in and I want to go.

Posted by Contagion in Things that make me go, "GUH?!?!" at November 28, 2006 06:28 PM | TrackBack

It's total oblivion. They have no idea the speed limit changed. Same thing happens to me on the way in. Most of the way the limit is 65 so I go about 72. I'm at an average speed. When the speed limit drops to 55, I drop to 63 and I'm the slowest car on the road.

Posted by: Ogre at November 29, 2006 08:04 AM

I have concluded that many people drive a straight 45 mph no matter what the speed limit is on the road. They'll go 45 thru a subdivision with kids in the yards and 45 on the highway with a 65 mph speed limit. Makes me want to have some of James Bond's car toys to play with...

Posted by: Teresa at November 29, 2006 04:04 PM

Hey, I have had the answer for a long time- paintball. People just freak when you say it.

Posted by: og at November 30, 2006 05:52 AM