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Old March 23rd, 2010, 06:14 AM   #5501
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Old March 23rd, 2010, 07:03 AM   #5502
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Wilmington, Delaware, skyline, looking south from the southbound lanes of I-95


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Old March 23rd, 2010, 07:59 AM   #5503
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West Interstate 10 past U.S. 290 earlier this month: pardon the dirty windshield.












Only going 18 over........settled at a comfortable 85mph the rest of the way. 80...What a perfect speed limit.

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Old March 23rd, 2010, 08:24 AM   #5504
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Holy crap your car is almost at 5500 rpm at 98mph? What kind of car do you have?
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Old March 23rd, 2010, 08:28 AM   #5505
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Holy crap your car is almost at 5500 rpm at 98mph? What kind of car do you have?
98 mph will get you pulled over, even in Texas!

I agree, 80 MPH is a good speed in rural areas. Effectively, with 75 MPH in most western states, (Oregon is the exception), 80 is the average speed.
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Old March 23rd, 2010, 08:31 AM   #5506
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He must have been accelerating, lol.

I agree, 80 MPH is a good speed in rural areas. Effectively, with 75 MPH in most western states, (Oregon is the exception), 80 is the average speed.
I hope lol mine is at least 2000rpm lower if not more at that speed. But yes 80mph is a good speed in rural areas. I like going about 75mph on "rural" interstates here in Florida.
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Old March 23rd, 2010, 10:56 AM   #5507
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My diesel car does about 3,000 RPM at 80 mph. Maybe 4,500 rpm at 100 mph.
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Old March 23rd, 2010, 12:19 PM   #5508
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Please, let's not compare diesel engines to petrol ones. My Megane (1.4 litre, petrol) would be doing about 190kmh (118mph) at those revs, but I believe that automatic gearboxes behaves differently at high speed (the 'standard' ones have only 4 gears, haven't they?)
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Old March 23rd, 2010, 05:59 PM   #5509
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Holy crap your car is almost at 5500 rpm at 98mph? What kind of car do you have?
I was actually punching the accelerator at that point.....it's a 2000 Nissan Maxima SE. Did not stay at that speed for more than a couple seconds.
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Old March 23rd, 2010, 07:48 PM   #5510
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I was actually punching the accelerator at that point.....it's a 2000 Nissan Maxima SE. Did not stay at that speed for more than a couple seconds.
Ah I see.
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Old March 23rd, 2010, 07:51 PM   #5511
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More importantly, what the hell were you doing taking a photo of your instrument panel while accelerating at nearly 100 mph?
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Old March 23rd, 2010, 07:51 PM   #5512
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Balls of steel lol.
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Old March 23rd, 2010, 08:58 PM   #5513
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More importantly, what the hell were you doing taking a photo of your instrument panel while accelerating at nearly 100 mph?
Our Interstate Highway System is so smooth and wonderful one can take a photograph at 100mph without getting into an accident.


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Old March 23rd, 2010, 10:50 PM   #5514
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one can take a photograph at 100mph without getting into an accident.

If you tried doing it on an English motorway, you would have crashed into the car in front already haha
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Old March 24th, 2010, 03:42 AM   #5515
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If you tried doing it on an English motorway, you would have crashed into the car in front already haha
Haha....with my car I couldn't do that on my local Interstate 35 here in Austin.

I loved the drive on Interstate 10 in West Texas. It's so empty, your cell phone goes out sometimes yet someone spent the time to build a major freeway in the middle of nowhere. There seemed to be more truck than cars out there.
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Old March 24th, 2010, 08:51 AM   #5516
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That's a stretch of interstate I hope to drive one day. Now if only Texas would get rid of its retarded night speed limit, or at least raise it to 70.
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Old March 24th, 2010, 09:17 PM   #5517
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How come there's no guard rail on the median?
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Old March 24th, 2010, 09:37 PM   #5518
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Most rural U.S. Freeways do not have barriers in the median. The median itself is considered wide enough. It usually takes a few accidents before they install them.
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Old March 25th, 2010, 02:35 AM   #5519
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Most rural U.S. Freeways do not have barriers in the median. The median itself is considered wide enough. It usually takes a few accidents before they install them.
Yeah apparently a few lives aren't worth spending the extra million dollars, at least not in the U.S.

I've been reading the WSDOT manual, and it is advised that no barriers be used if natural features can stop the car. That's my interpretation of it at least.

It does make sense though. I'd rather crash into bushes than a jersey barrier, although the car would probably be totalled either way.
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Old March 25th, 2010, 05:39 AM   #5520
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Yeah apparently a few lives aren't worth spending the extra million dollars, at least not in the U.S.

I've been reading the WSDOT manual, and it is advised that no barriers be used if natural features can stop the car. That's my interpretation of it at least.

It does make sense though. I'd rather crash into bushes than a jersey barrier, although the car would probably be totalled either way.
Some medians have trees, ponds, and ditches so the damage would actually be worse in those. For the rural Interstates I have seen with barriers they are usually the cable wire type.
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