Whenever I drive, I typically add 5 mph to the speed limit. Do I realize that is still considered speeding? Yes, and if I got pulled over for it I’d deserve it. That’s just the way I’ve always done it. It is kind of my set rule when driving; +5!
What I fail to understand is how other people choose to drive the speed they do. Are there certain places they feel comfortable speeding a bit and other places they don’t? Do they ignore the wonder of cruise control on the highways and just go with the flow of traffic?
Today I was driving on a highway that switched frequently between 65 mph to 55 mph as it went through towns. I went back and forth with a car for 15 miles as we changed speeds. I drove a consistent 70 mph through the 65’s, and 60 mph through the 55’s. I passed this car coming out of the first town. During the first slow down they passed me going about 65. Then outside of town I passed them back. Next slow down, here they come past me again, and so on. I wished I had a way to communicate with them and ask them “Why is it not ok to speed in a 65 but it is in a 55?”. Is there a reason, or is it just laziness in having to adjust the cruise control?
It’s like I always say when driving among other drivers…if only everyone drove like me it would be SO much easier!
So, next time you get behind the wheel, think ‘+5’. It’ll make me happy.