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Old August 16th, 2010, 11:44 PM   #1
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Speed on motorways

Which is your 'cruising' speed on a motorway? What about a normal 1+1 highway?

How fast have you ever gone on a motorway?


I usually drive with 130 - 140 km/h on a coutryside motorway. The highest speed I went was about 160 km/h, so not that fast.

On a normal 1+1 highway I usually go with 100 - 110 km/h, but it all depends on the road. If it is a curvy road my speed is adequate.

What about you?
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Old August 16th, 2010, 11:49 PM   #2
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110-130 motorway, 90-110 1+1 open road.
my top speed ever was 220.
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Old August 16th, 2010, 11:58 PM   #3
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Lots of people I know usually drive under the limit + 10 kph rule

It all depends. On motorway I drive not more than 140 kph (most often 120-130), on 1+1 roads usually flat 90 kph jumping to 100 kph. I must admit I like to drive with respecting all limits, especially in city.
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Old August 17th, 2010, 12:00 AM   #4
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Which is your 'cruising' speed on a motorway?
110 - 130 km/h

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What about a normal 1+1 highway?
90 - 110 km/h

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How fast have you ever gone on a motorway?
140 km/h
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Old August 17th, 2010, 12:02 AM   #5
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Freeway: Fastest: 110 mph in a 70. Cruise: 80mph
Normal Highway: Fastest: 130 mph in a 70. Cruise: 75mph

Top speed was the 130 mph on F.M. 3400 (2 lane highway) outside of Waco.

I love that Texas has the same speed limits for freeways and 2 lane roads.

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Old August 17th, 2010, 12:04 AM   #6
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oh no, as a post commie country we drive insane. on 1+1 it is 90-130 depending on quality of pavement and curves, on motorway more like 130-150? fastest speed just 190.

in the city 50-80 usually.
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Old August 17th, 2010, 12:53 AM   #7
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Freeway: Fastest: 110 mph in a 70. Cruise: 80mph
Normal Highway: Fastest: 130 mph in a 70. Cruise: 75mph

Top speed was the 130 mph on F.M. 3400 outside of Waco.

I love that Texas has the same speed limits for freeways and 2 lane roads.

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If it wasn't for that sign which looks thoroughly American, that scene has a very South African look with the telephone lines strung on poles next to the road.

You can also do 120 km/h in SA on same single carriageway roads.
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Old August 17th, 2010, 01:27 AM   #8
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Lots of people I know usually drive under the limit + 10 kph rule
indeed. If there's no special limits (so 130 on motorway, and 90 on normal) I drive always 10+, but in reality that's 5+, which is acceptable by police. if there are limits because of tunnels, works... I drive stricly the limit.

im my experience the fastest drivers (except Germany of course) are French, the slowest - (the most disciplined) Austrians, Italians are generaly slow, but also fast; and the fast lane on slovenian motorways is always around 150!
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Old August 17th, 2010, 01:44 AM   #9
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I drive usually 120-130 on the freeway. In Ontario we follow the speed limit + 20. Depending on the road it can and will be more.

1+1 usually 100 -110, usually 80 zone.

City I usually stick to the limit, maybe 10-15 more.
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Old August 17th, 2010, 02:28 AM   #10
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Lots of people I know usually drive under the limit + 10 kph rule

It all depends. On motorway I drive not more than 140 kph (most often 120-130), on 1+1 roads usually flat 90 kph jumping to 100 kph. I must admit I like to drive with respecting all limits, especially in city.
Same for me. In my first years as a driver, I often drove way too fast, especially on the hw. Then I discovered the magic cruise control, and the pleasure of driving respecting almost all rules (and saving a HUGE amount of fuel).
Now I have the Adaptive Cruise Control, and it's a very good thing, since you don't have to bother if traffic is not keeping a constant speed. Just set a good distance, and let it drive (always keeping a foot on the brake pedal).

My main problem on italian roads is that nearly nobody has the sense of his speed. Many people drives really too fast in dangerous conditions, and many others drive slowly when not needed.
And since I use to set my speed following the legal limit, and noone else does, I am a total stranger on the road. In cities I keep 50 and people pushes to go faster, in country I push to 90 and it seems I'm the only brave doing so.
Italians don't like to take decisions: they like a standard 70 in all conditions

And since many don't care about the limit, signalling is often poor, with casual low limits or missing signals. This can be very frustrating.


I use to drive as Germans do: get a decently powered engine, be quick when starting and do a nice acceleration up to the limit, then keep steady.
German roads are safe, but Germans don't drive slowly: they just know when to stop.



I will not write my top speed, since I feel uncomfortable when people show off this kind of record. There's nothing so great in a top speed record as a driver, since no ability is needed: just push down your foot and let the machine do the work for you.
You can write your top speed running, or bicycling: that's a personal achievement.

So, my top speed on my bicycle is 42 on a flat road (47 down the Brenner road, austrian side ).
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Old August 17th, 2010, 03:09 AM   #11
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Which is your 'cruising' speed on a motorway? What about a normal 1+1 highway?
Speedlimit (either 100km/h or 110km/h) plus 10-20km/h. Most people do the same.

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How fast have you ever gone on a motorway?
I've hit 193km/h in my car on an outback road, and 210 in my dads car.
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Old August 17th, 2010, 04:09 AM   #12
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Which is your 'cruising' speed on a motorway?
Posted limit is 110 km/h, Everyone does at the very least, 10 km/h over.

What about a normal 1+1 highway?
This varies, depending on the road, as limits can vary from 80-100 km/h. Again, 10 km/h over is common.

How fast have you ever gone on a motorway?
165 km/h.
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Old August 17th, 2010, 07:13 AM   #13
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Which is your 'cruising' speed on a motorway? 65-70 MPH, speed limit 65 (recently raided to 70 but I haven't seen those stretches yet) - 75 or over and you're sure to find a mysterious set of flashing blue lights behind you.

What about a normal 1+1 highway?
45-55 MPH depending on speed limit (I drive precisely the speed limit on 1x2)

How fast have you ever gone on a motorway? 73 MPH to avoid being boxed in by 3 trucks on Interstate 81.

...Granted, I haven't been driving very much.
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Old August 17th, 2010, 09:30 AM   #14
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only allowed 100 or 110km/h on freeways here, and because Australia has the worlds biggest speed nazis, you can get fined $165 for driving 3km/h over the limit. We also have point to point cameras, which measure your average speed over a set distance, so slowing down when approaching a camera and then speeding up doesn't work

Most freeways have these fixed cameras, and a massive amount of intersections also have been nazi-fied recently. Ofcouse, the deceitful ****s in charge of this regime place them behind overhead signs and bridges

On 2 lane roads, the default limit outside of built up areas is 100km/h, regardless of surface type of quality. Some places have 110km/h.

The Northern Territory has a 130km/h limit on 2-lane roads, but this used to be unlimited until the ****en nazi government decided ruin yet another aspect of fun and freedom here.

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Old August 17th, 2010, 10:30 AM   #15
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I usually don't drive very fast on motorways. Usually 120 - 130 km/h, maybe 140 km/h in Germany.

I always drive too fast on rural roads in the Netherlands as they are almost all posted at 60 km/h, which is, in many cases, just plain ridiculous. I usually drive somewhere between 70 and 90 km/h there. Rural speed limits are generally okay in other countries and I tend to follow them.

My top speed ever was 190 km/h in a 1994 Toyota Corolla. My current van doesn't go that fast, the fastest I've driven with that car was 170 km/h.
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Old August 17th, 2010, 11:00 AM   #16
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Normally I follow the rules except for some special cases. In Hungary we have too strict limits in curves (set for a double decker bus ;-)) and it is usual that specific speed limit signs at road work stay there even if the work itself has been finished for several weeks.
In Germany, if no limit is signed, I drive at 140-160, in heavy traffic slower, of course. My top was in Germany, A8 between Rosenheim - München, night, almost empty way, 190 km/h. But is was just for trying my car's limit :-)
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Old August 17th, 2010, 11:03 AM   #17
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I'm a frequent user of A4 between Krakow and Katowice. My cruising speed is around 170-180 kph. Fastest was 260 kph, when I was testing a no-limits patch for my engine firmware ;-) In cities I'm trying not to exceed the speed limit + 10.

My car's equipped with X50 Euro, CB Radio and GPS/GPRS based police/camera info tool, so I never paid a speeding ticket in my entire life.
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Old August 17th, 2010, 11:07 AM   #18
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I don't want to risk a fine, so unless there is an imminent accident risk, I don't exceed speed limits, no matter how appropriate they are. I'm very serious with this only self-imposed rule, particularly on foreign territory.

So I just put cruise control at whatever is the maximum speed at that sector and enjoy the ride. One of the advantages of driving a somehow below the actual average speed of other cars is that you will never have a tailgating problem on your front, just on your back.

I keep myself in the middle lane, or the right lane, so I don't clog the road for those speeding more than allowed. However, if I am in a 2-lane or 3-lane carriageway, there is traffic below the speed limit on the outer lane(s), I don't mind at all taking the left lane until I get past the slower-than-the-limit car/truck/van whatever.

Most of times it works fine. Some other car drivers don't like it much, particularly because in Italy I used to drive an Alfa Romeo 157 (not my property) or a Fiat Lancia Delta, both reasonable fast cars. The only real tense and stressful situation I faced was driving down the final descent of the A3 road in Italy near Villa San Giovanni. There is a 23km sector under reconstruction, and traffic was then diverted to one carriageway only (1+1 no shoulder) with speed limits of 60km/h. So I happened to hold a lot of cars behind me for all this stretch (80% tunnels + viaducts, no passing space altogether). A guy overtake me in a tunnel facing upward traffic, and then a truck put high beams on me and kept honking.

I later saw the guy who had overtaken me stopped by the police few km afterwards LOL.

In any case, my maximum road driving speed in Germany, of course, was 170 km/h on an Alfa Romeo 157 diesel. Good opportunity to use the 6th shift.
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Old August 17th, 2010, 11:08 AM   #19
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My cruise speed on highways is 130-140 kph, a little above the limits... on normal roads I usually drive below the limits, so 80-90 on a 90 kph road.
My fastest drive was just below 180 kph with my father's car.
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oh no, as a post commie country we drive insane. on 1+1 it is 90-130 depending on quality of pavement and curves, on motorway more like 130-150? fastest speed just 190.

in the city 50-80 usually.
Incredible speeds. From which post commie country are you from?
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