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22 / M / California, Hawai...
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Posted 6/23/11
I want to know if people drive above or below or at speed limit. Im a very nice driver and let people go through intersections before me. I even drive over the speed limit within the 5 mph cushion. However, I hate drivers that blatantly pass me going 80 mphs in a 60 mph zone. I want to hear your opinions and driving habits.
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23 / M / Canada
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Posted 6/23/11
I always drive fast enough to make sure that when I hit someone, I kill them.
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19 / M / California
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Posted 6/23/11
I'm still a student driver so I go ~5 mph above or below the speed limit depending on the road and traffic. People aren't usually impatient so it's ok if I'm a little slow.
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Posted 6/23/11
Usually no more than 5 over, but lately I've been trying to slow down a bit to try and save some gas.......
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22 / M / California, Hawai...
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Posted 7/19/11
Some of these comments are disturbing.
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Posted 7/20/11
No I have the worst case of lead foot. Average for me is 15 over what the sign says, its a terrible habit but I love to drive so it can't be helped
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23 / M / SF Bay Area, CA (...
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Posted 7/25/11
I try not to drive 3MPH over the speed limits set.

However, mountain passes with little to nonexistent traffic and unlabeled speed limits are the exception (most especially 1-lane mountain pass roads).

What I hate most are the people who speed in straight roads but drive excessively slow (like, granny slow) whenever there's a damn turn.
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Posted 8/17/11
Speed limit in residential areas, School zones
Highway- 9 mph over
Open stretch of road- 20 over, have gone 160 in a 65 before tough......... judge me if you must but its happened
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23 / M / California, USA
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Posted 9/8/11
Depends on the location. Cops usually hang around the same spot in my area and I do usually speed. I've been driving for 4 years and no tickets yet. I don't see that in my future though, unfortunately
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26 / M / chicago il
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Posted 9/11/11 , edited 9/11/11
speeding on main roads and highways i see no problem with. as long as its not more than 15 over. but residential roads i think you should obey the speed limit signs. most importantly school zones.
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Posted 9/23/11 , edited 9/23/11
My friend goes double the speed limit in some areas.
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31 / M / Alberta Canada
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Posted 9/25/11
While I may speed on the open road, In town I obey the speed limit.
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M / Cali
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Posted 9/26/11
On highways, no
but on residential streets, i usually drive at least 3-5mph over the posted limit.
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Posted 10/18/11
It's always +4 (to avoid getting caught/ticket)..

And on the highways it's +10 (safe)

Also, whenever there's someone ahead of me that goes faster than the rest of us, I usually try to match his speed.
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Posted 10/18/11 , edited 10/18/11
Depends on where I am at. Generally I keep to the 10MPH grace that most constabularies give. If I see them off to the side of the road or someplace, I IMMEDIATELY slow down to the posted limit or slightly under.
Some idiots will tell you to keep going at the speed you are at . . . never get out of a ticket if they actually clock you. Getting it reduced is not getting out of it.
If they follow me on the freeway or highway I either keep to the limit or go 5 MPH slower.

Generally I've found that the State Police/Highway Patrol are only interested in people being stupid, unless they are doing a "speed emphasis". The County Sheriff is less inclined to bust speeders in most places I've been, they seem more interested in getting criminals than filling imaginary quotas.
The city cops can be the biggest enigma and they vary from town to town. Where I live they usually won't bust you for anything less than about 5 over and they'll pull you over to tell you to get your tail-light fixed. If I go across the river to the bigger city they'll bust you for 2 or 3 over and they will ticket you for tail-light out rather than tell you to get it fixed. They also have a tendency to shoot people acting strange . . . but the gangs have been acting up lately so I can sort of see their perspective.

I try to drive my car the same why I ride my motorcycle... pay attention!! An easy test to see if you are keeping an eye on the road is knowing what state the car that you just passed or just passed you is from... Always scanning the road in front of you is most important, I was driving home from Seattle one night and the guy in front of me almost hit a deer in the median of the interstate. After he went by it stepped further into the roadway and almost into my truck. The guy in front of me didn't even notice the deer.
The other thing that I tell people just starting on motorcycles (street-bikes), is make sure you see the eyes of the people that are around you, either directly or in their mirrors. You will get a feeling when they haven't made eye-contact with you . . . and those are the people that will likely run your ass over if you don't watch them. I could go on for a looooooonnnnngggg time . . . but watch everything.


Most importantly . . . while speeding . . . . the guy driving to catch up with you is most likely a cop.
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