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Old 11-17-2017, 06:10 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I don't mind somebody going slow, but around here what drives me crazy is this. They drive that slow speed but as soon as there is a passing lane they temporarily add 10-15 mph to that speed so passing involves something like 85 mph to even get 1/2 The cars by. Then as soon as the lane ends back to the slow. I drive slow as well sometimes and will slow down even more on a passing opportunity to let people by.
Had a UPS truck do that to me last night. He out accelerated me when he was in the lane next to me, was going 10 over the limit, then when the lanes merged to 1 lane, he wanted to do 10 under the limit. I got to eat massive amounts of spray from his tires while he took corners like a pansy.

I often set my cruise during passing lanes to ensure that no emotion is involved in the speed I travel. Obviously most everyone else just succumbs to their emotion because 85% of drivers will do well over the speed limit during a passing opportunity, and do well under the speed limit immediately following. Heck, I've had people add 35 MPH just to prevent me from passing only to drop 10 MPH below the limit once I no longer could.

When I get an EV, I'll go as fast as the law will allow me to get away with. Don't really care about EV efficiency as much when it's so cheap, and renewable.

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Old 11-17-2017, 06:14 PM   #22 (permalink)
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When I get an EV, I'll go as fast as the law will allow me to get away with. Don't really care about EV efficiency as much when it's so cheap, and renewable.
Me too. It will be full throttle acceleration (full throttle - will that become full potentiometer!) at every opportunity, and 10% over the posted limit.
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Until your electric is 100% renewable that's kind of... not right.
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Until your electric is 100% renewable that's kind of... not right.
Mine is! Burlington VT was actually the first city in the US to go 100% renewable. Vermont as a whole has no fossil fuel power plants, but some parts do buy fossil fuel energy from neighboring states.

Shame it's cheaper per mile to burn gasoline in an Insight than electricity in, say, a Leaf.
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(full throttle - will that become full potentiometer!)
Modern cars do have drive-by-wire throttles (potentiometer).



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Shame it's cheaper per mile to burn gasoline in an Insight than electricity in, say, a Leaf.
Not compared to electricity where I live. I pay about 2 cents per EV mile compared to 6 cents for gasoline in the Prius. The Insight might be 4 cents per mile, which is still double my EV rate.
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Me too. It will be full throttle acceleration (full throttle - will that become full potentiometer!) at every opportunity, and 10% over the posted limit.
The yellow car above is always driven 100% throttle continuous on the highway

I donít feel real bad at my 50mph max flat ground speed.
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Modern cars do have drive-by-wire throttles (potentiometer).

Not compared to electricity where I live. I pay about 2 cents per EV mile compared to 6 cents for gasoline in the Prius. The Insight might be 4 cents per mile, which is still double my EV rate.
I'm at around 3.2 cents per mile gasoline with gas prices here. It's closer to 2.4 on long trips when I'm driving conservatively, and as high as 4.5 cents per mile for city driving in the middle of winter. Oil changes add a negligible amount to this.

Electricity here is 11c/kwh for the first block, then goes up to ~15, which would be 3.3 cents or 4.5 cents per mile if a Leaf is getting its EPA rated range. I'm unsure if that's before or after conversion losses when charging. I'm also not sure how well a Leaf would do when it's -20 to -40F.

Admittedly though, a Leaf is a much larger vehicle. It's not really a fair comparison, even if I wouldn't ever use the extra space.
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And you don't have the common (ok, not so common :-() courtesy to pull over and let them by? When one of those people stuck behind you is having a really bad day, succumbs to road rage, and puts a couple of bullets through your rear window... Well, if I'm on the jury, he'll get off with justifiable homicide.
As a supporter of responsible gun ownership, I would not be so likely to consider such situation as a "justifiable" homicide.
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I sure hope I never need the services of a jury of Duhmericans. Oof-Da.
I sure hope you never need the services of an ambulance operated by Duhmericans, that gets caught behind a long line of cars because some Diapermiler is too stubborn and self-righteous to pull over every now and then.

I used to be a lot more aggressive in my daily driving, but one day I realized that I was arriving at work in a fuming funk every day. So I started giving myself more time to get there, and taking routes that were less popular (read: less traffic) and less likely to raise my stress levels. It was a revelation. I heartily recommend that folks who know they're going to be driving below the prevailing traffic speeds give it a try. Not necessarily as a way to reduce *your* stress but as a kindness to other motorists who are perhaps not as enlightened. I promise not to get upset when I come up behind you.

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