Is discretionary driving good driving? A number of large busy roads have a 35 mph speed limit. During rush hour traffic you're lucky to go 30 mph on these roads, let alone the time it takes to get through a traffic light with backed up traffic. When traffic is moving freely, the usual speed on some major roads can run 45 to 50 mph.
Most of the day I catch myself going with traffic rather than watching my speed. I'd rather watch for other vehicles, and go with the flow of traffic, than watch my speed.
Often a driver doing the speed limit in busy traffic can obstruct the free flow of traffic. That can be a hazard by causing people to move into passing traffic.
I try to watch my speed, but most people, most of the time, go well over the speed limit. Is it us, is it a speed trap, or is the speed limit on some major roads outdated for today's traffic on these busy roads?
- Barry L. Emigh, Merrillville