AUTOMOTIVE INSIGHT: Why 55 MPH Speed Limit is a Bad Idea

July 24th, 2008 at 2:55pm

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55 MPH Speed LimitSome politicians are talking about dropping the national speed limit down to 55 miles an hour. Here’s why that is a bad idea.

Driving slower will definitely improve fuel economy, but there’s nothing stopping anyone from doing that right now. It’s perfectly legal to get in the right lane on the highway and drive 55.

But for people who have to drive for a living, 55 can be a living hell. Semi drivers, delivery trucks, traveling sales people have to cover a lot of ground in their jobs. Make them drive slower and that means their trips take longer, which means they spend more time on the road, which makes their traveling more expensive.

A 55 mile an hour speed limit will not save that much fuel, and will have a negative impact on the nation’s productivity. Forget 55, there are a lot of other more effective ways we can cut down on how much oil we use.

4 Comments to “AUTOMOTIVE INSIGHT: Why 55 MPH Speed Limit is a Bad Idea”

  1. Wayne Temple Says:

    I am a truck driver and would like to see the speed limit dropped, it might save more lives, no one does the speed limit.

  2. William R. Walling Says:

    “Don’t worry about exceeding local or national ‘speed limits’ as commonplace ‘black box’ or ‘On Star’ service connectivity will provide ‘real time’ information to authorities 24/7/365.”
    America NEEDS it’s high powered, fuel guzzling vehicles to SPEED EVERYWHERE ALL THE TIME!
    ONE major ‘altitude adjustment’ is obvious within this country today, reduced oil availability might be it!
    Likely not, beware food stuffs …

  3. Tom Martin Says:

    I’m for raising interstate speed limit to 70 mph.

    While we’re at it, we need to convert to the metric system.

    I’m for raising the interstate speed limit to 110 KPH.

  4. John Says:

    Stop all the foolish static conversation and focus on the problem. This isn’t Europe, for those with their global plans. The U.S. economy and U.S. personal FREEDOM is based on MOBILITY.

    Tinkering around in the corner won’t stop the house from burning down.

    The only plan out there is :

    If any of you have a better REAL plan in the best interest of the U.S. citizens then lay it out for review.

    Otherwise keep your transparent sideline hidden agendas to yourself.

    The current speed limit is just fine.