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Old 05-16-02, 08:29 PM   #1
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How Fast Do They Really Want to Go?!

A couple of days ago, I'm driving along a long lonely stretch (2 lane country road) in my (gasp) Cadillac. I'm cruising at five over the speed limit when this small economy type car comes up behind me. Looking in my rearview mirror I see a young woman driving while talking with another young woman.

I knew she intended to pass me. Since I was already speeding I wondered how fast she really wanted to go? I decided to experiment and see. I slowly increased my speed. Ever so smoothly we crept faster and faster. The Cadillac was barely breathing when we zoomed past 80 MPH, and still they were creeping up on me looking to pass. I kept increasing our speed, at 95 mph she was still talking and still looking to pass, she didn't appear road-raged or aware of our ever increasing speed.

At 100mph we began to approach some vehicles in front so I slowed things down.

I couldn't believe this person was going that fast and didn't appear to realize it! She was set to pass me, I guess just because I was in front of her.

She finally did pass me but couldn't go any faster due to the traffic ahead of us.

I'm always amazed at how inattentive we can be in our cars.

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Old 05-16-02, 08:31 PM   #2
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You must have really been pedalling to make that Caddy go 100mph!
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You must have really been pedalling to make that Caddy go 100mph!
Nah, it's got horses to do all the pedaling for me!
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I get your point, Gus--

With folks like these ladies, I usually go slower. They can't take that for very long, so around they go!

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Last weekend we drove out to Wellington Point for the afternoon. Nice spot. On the way back we were passed by a 'person' in a matte black POS Nissan who was clearly in a hurry. I was driving at about 5 below the speed limit in an 80km/h zone, but this guy clearly wanted to go much faster. The funny thing was, for the next ten or fifteen minutes we pretty much matched pace with him.

I kept driving slightly slower than the speed limit, staying in my lane and basically driving as boringly as possible. He was rapidly accerelrating up to a few feet from the back of the next car, whereupon he had to fiercly apply the brakes. He did the same thing with traffic lights. Every foot he gained by driving like a maniac was sucked up by having to slow for traffic or stop for traffic lights. He probably used about 10% (wild guess) more fuel, tyre rubber and brake lining to get the same distance in the same time.

Some people just don't get it.
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... He was rapidly accerelrating up to a few feet from the back of the next car, whereupon he had to fiercly apply the brakes. He did the same thing with traffic lights. Every foot he gained by driving like a maniac was sucked up by having to slow for traffic or stop for traffic lights. He probably used about 10% (wild guess) more fuel, tyre rubber and brake lining to get the same distance in the same time.

Some people just don't get it.
You are too right!

I like it when these type drivers are stopped by traffic lights and I can pass them (back) due to passing through at speed just as the lights turn green.

Many times these drivers have SUVs. They never get it!

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Every foot he gained by driving like a maniac was sucked up by having to slow for traffic or stop for traffic lights. He probably used about 10% (wild guess) more fuel, tyre rubber and brake lining to get the same distance in the same time.
When I drive, I don't drive a SUV, but I do drive a S-10 with the 6-cylinder, 4.3L engine. For the longest time, I was one of those jack-rabbit starters and stoppers and would only get about 10MPG in the city.

Recently, I have worked on changing my ways. I generally coast to a red light and take it easy accelerating. Since I started doing that, I have found that I am now getting 18-19MPG in the city!

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100 MPH? My old car (4-cylinder, 2.2L Chevy Beretta) struggled to get to 75. It would hit 100+, but would take a while for the engine to wind up (about a mile and a half). I bet she did realize she was going that fast.

So how fast did she want to go? I can't say. I can say that I have seen people doing 80+ MPH on a small 2-lane highway with rain at night. The speed limit for 2-lane highways in my area is 55.

The reason they want to drive that fast? We have all grown up watching race car drivers. Many teens like to push the envelope. People believe that with their seat belts and air bags, nothing will happen to them. And the main reason drivers want to drive fast: Car companies make cars so that they can go that fast.
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This reminds me of a story my Mom tells.

First a little background. My Mom is spanish and must talk with her hands in a highly animated fashion. I no longer drive with her due to her inattentive driving, but that's another story!

Regardless, my Aunt, her sister was visiting and they hadn't seen each other in a couple of years.

My dad just bought a new Corvette. We lived near the center of the state, but were spending the summer at a beach house. About and hour drive.

Well, Mom and Auntie were heading back Home one early morning and talking simultaneously in the highly animated fashion and not really paying attention. This was only the first or second time driving the new car. Mom states, "I can barely get this car to 55, it's hard to control."

They make the trip in just over 25 minutes! Mom was looking at the rpm gauge! That's entering the red-line zone! We figure she was hitting 120 + !!!!!!!!!

Mom almost fainted when she realized what she had done! The good thing (funny thing) was she never sped before or after that!

Pretty Scary Huh?
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This reminds me of a story my Mom tells.

First a little background. My Mom is spanish and must talk with her hands in a highly animated fashion. I no longer drive with her due to her inattentive driving, but that's another story!

Regardless, my Aunt, her sister was visiting and they hadn't seen each other in a couple of years.

My dad just bought a new Corvette. We lived near the center of the state, but were spending the summer at a beach house. About and hour drive.

Well, Mom and Auntie were heading back Home one early morning and talking simultaneously in the highly animated fashion and not really paying attention. This was only the first or second time driving the new car. Mom states, "I can barely get this car to 55, it's hard to control."

They make the trip in just over 25 minutes! Mom was looking at the rpm gauge! That's entering the red-line zone! We figure she was hitting 120 + !!!!!!!!!

Mom almost fainted when she realized what she had done! The good thing (funny thing) was she never sped before or after that!

Pretty Scary Huh?
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Wow! I've heard of people making that mistake with the old tachs where the numbers were supposed to be multiplied by 100 instead of 1000 like on the new ones. I think that's part of the reason they changed the numbering, because people got confused.

Thanks for the great image of two people flying down the road at 120 MPH while having an animated discussion.

As far as how fast people want to go, well, I think I've been guilty from time to time of not realizing how fast I am going. For some reason it always happens when I'm coming home from Santa Cruz. I'll be following some guy in a Volvo, and all of a sudden I'm doing 95 MPH. I'm trying to be good, I really am.

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I have noticed that women drivers have this phenomenon of zooming up to a car, locking into its draft, and zoning out. It's kind of like a follow-the leader, leech on type thing.

But to go 100 mph... and not realize it... Hello?!??:confused:
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...But to go 100 mph... and not realize it... Hello?!??:confused:
I confess to not knowing if they realized they were going that fast, I didn't talk with them, but they never ceased having their animated conversation, not at 60 nor at 100.
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Gus, a Caddy? I never knew you were over 65 years old (the legal lower age limit for owning a Caddy)!! Your avitar picture must have been taken a long time ago.
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Gus, a Caddy? I never knew you were over 65 years old (the legal lower age limit for owning a Caddy)!! Your avitar picture must have been taken a long time ago.
Yeah, a Caddy. It handles our Thule rack equipped with a single, a tandem and a tandem kayak better on long trips. Our Honda Accord really strains under that load.

No, this load was not on the Caddy the other day!

The Caddy pretty much stays in the garage until our elderly parents want to go out on the town or we're going on a trip.
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