Monday, June 04, 2018

President Nixon screwed us for the next 40 years with a national speed limit of 55 mph and signed the uniform speed limit law on January 2, 1974.


  1. Anonymous3:16 PM

    Stupid law, that was more for show than anything else because it doesn't take into account time spent on the road. That is, even though you might get a small improvement in fuel consumption at the lower speed, the fact that it will take you longer to get to where you're going means your engine will have to consume fuel longer, eliminating the savings, and often consuming more fuel. I learned this on a regular drive I took from Sacramento to Irvine, CA. The first time I was running late and was speeding to get to Irvine, I got there about 30 minutes faster than usual and with about a 1/4 of a tank of gas when normally I'd have been on fumes and needed to stop to fill up.

    1. Very good point... the math has to work, for some notion to make sense about saving fuel

    2. Road law should get an update after at least decade or two. Simple analyse if this law, in such form works properly or need adjustment. If it works, fine we leave it. If not we check why and adjust it, rising speed limit or lower it in some areas. Especially road laws, they need to adapt to the technological progress of vehicles.

  2. Late on commenting - been offline last couple weeks and catching up.

    Dumbest thing about that law? In NY and NJ, two of the most populous states, the limit on non-limited access state highways had been 50 MPH for years. When this went into effect they RAISED their speed limits! Go figure!