Happy Motoring

25 Jan

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Sometimes I do suppose deregulation can be a good thing…I guess.

Today while driving along the Garden State Parkway in NJ I fell into one of those driving lapses where you just sort of drone along in traffic, following the crowd of automobiles like just another fish in school when I slowly realized that most other cars were whizzing past me.

I assumed that I must have slowed down  while in my reverie and just wasn’t keeping up so I looked at my speedometer and much to my surprise the needle was hugging 80MPH! And here I was the fish out of school, the slow poke in the group.

Wow, I thought, how fast is everyone else going? Used to be that driving from the Jersey Shore to the New York State border at the federal, gas saving, because American needs to be energy independent, speed of 55MPH was a good 2 hours or more; a veritable road trip of tedium and endurance. Now an hour and change will get you there.

Cruising the highways today is more like playing a video game than it is like going for a drive, especially when one has to always be on the ready to dodge the occasional old timer who appears like a lumbering asteroid doing his or her patriotic ole’ 55 in the center lane.

I must admit that getting to where you want to go so much more quickly does make life that much more enjoyable. I know we have technology to thank for that. Back in the old days the car my dad let me drive would have exploded at these speeds!

However, everything has it darker sides too. We’re gonna need more oil and lots of it! And of course eventually the government will probably put an orbiting “Death Star” of a traffic satellite that will tweet me a googled photo of my car in relative position to the earth’s rotation along with a fine electronically charged to my easy pass and the message that I was doing 105MPH in a 65MPH zone for the last 95 minutes so that will be $2085 dollars in fines please!

Until then happy motoring…and please drive safely!

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12 Responses to “Happy Motoring”

  1. M.G. Piety January 25, 2013 at 1:32 am #

    Try driving on I95 between Jacksonville and Daytona Beach! Not only will people fly by you when you are doing 85, they’ll do it on the right!

    • Neon Fish January 25, 2013 at 5:24 pm #

      all right! someone who knows what I’m talking about, lol. I-95 is crazy!

  2. John January 25, 2013 at 1:59 am #

    Anytime the fed is involved…. Look out! Seems a large majority of drivers are at or near 80mph these days… We have tons of oil, we have a fed that blocks getting it to benefit the middle east’ control over our economy and lifestyles.

  3. beetleypete January 25, 2013 at 2:04 am #

    Be glad that you are not driving in the UK, with diesel at $11.36US a gallon,and unleaded petrol at $10.89US a gallon! I know that is a UK gallon, but the difference is slight. That might make you all slow down a bit. On motorways here though, 80mph is average for private cars, which is still 10 mph above the law, but trucks do go a lot slower. In the countryside, where I live, most locals drive everywhere at the maximum allowable speeds, or faster, hence a crazily high death toll from road accidents. (prices converted at today’s rates and based on cheapest supermarket fuel, not premium brands). Regards as always, Pete, England.

    • Neon Fish January 25, 2013 at 5:22 pm #

      wow. really? at that price i can’t believe private vehichles actually exist. crikey!

  4. OwlMcCloud January 25, 2013 at 2:15 am #

    Great post!

  5. Jason Preater January 25, 2013 at 6:55 am #

    I’ve been snapped by those cameras three times and each time felt hard done by, but slower driving has to be safer, don’t you think?

  6. Barbara Backer-Gray January 25, 2013 at 8:02 am #

    Those are some crazy speeds! Down here in Texas most highways are 60 or 65 mph. Recently a stretch of I35 has been changed to 75, which means people can pretty much drive 80 without getting pulled over. But much higher than that would feel really dangerous. I took a road trip by myself for a few weeks four years ago, and near the Grand Canyon I decided to drive 100 mph, even if only for a second, on a very smooth, very straight stretch. I imagined it would be a liberating rite of passage, a Thelma and Louise moment. But man, it felt incredibly risky. 55 is fine with me.

  7. samuel13208 January 25, 2013 at 12:24 pm #

    Quite the observation. I believe most people drive like the maximum speed limit is the minimum speed limit.

  8. Lindsaysf January 25, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

    My Prius has slowed my speed considerably. I can see right in front of me that at 60 mph my gas consumption is 50 or 60; at 80 mph, it drops to 30.

  9. Neon Fish January 25, 2013 at 5:20 pm #

    i lived in south florida for about 6 months back in 2004/2005. interstate 95 is the main interstate in that area, and i jokingly figured it was called I-95 because that was the normal speed employed on that road. yep, the leadfoots keep getting leadier.

  10. Monica January 26, 2013 at 6:46 pm #

    I’m from New Jersey, too! We left, alas, before I was old enough to drive.

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