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Mamadrae
07-24-2008, 03:41 PM
Been trying to figure out where to put this. Sorry if it's in the wrong place and feel free to move it. I felt the need for the good to be spread from this tale. :salute:

So the husband and I went to Canada not to long ago. We got across the border and had about 20 some hours of driving left. As we drive we pass a speed limit sign that says 100 minimum. My brain went "100 mph? Oh wait Canada, kilometers."

Me: Honey, remember we do kilometers now.
Hubby: *dead silence for about 5 minutes* Hon....where are the kilometers.
Me: They would be on the speedometer.
Hubby: No they're not.

I actually leaned over and checked. Nothing. I then pull out the owners manual and check it. Nothing on kilometers. Apparently our new 08 Malibu and kilometers don't mix.

So we attempt to remember conversions and do the math. We're failing. So we call up the relatives we're visiting. They don't know the conversion either! :cry:

In the end we did our best to gauge speed off everyone else around us. We're not going as fast as some people or as slow as others, we're in the middle we think.

Get to the relatives and have a good vacation. Now for the drive back. We're basically chasing a storm as we drive so roads are a bit wet but the hubby figures we're good.

Apparently not cause we got pulled over.

Officer: Hello, where you all off to?
Hubby: Trying to get to Winnipeg sir.
Officer: You got about 3 more hours and look ready to pass out there Mr. Can I see your liscence (spelling?) and registration please? *looking at stuff* Now I know in the states the speed limit is 75 mph on your highways...
Hubby: *mentally cringing* I'm sorry sir but we found out on the way here our car doesn't have kilometers.
Officer: Your kidding? *looks for himself*
Hubby: Yeah we've been having to guess.
Officer: I'm surprised you didn't get pulled over earlier.

Cop then proceeded to convert the kilometers to miles for us and didn't give us a ticket. Even though we found out we were speeding REALLY badly. Like though he said we were going 75 mph we were going 85 mph.

Thank the Maker he was a nice guy instead of some hard ass. Thank you Officer Canadian. :wave: :yourock:

Becks
07-24-2008, 04:06 PM
Now I know in the states the speed limit is 75 mph on your highways...

And where would THAT be? I know some places don't (or didn't) have posted speed limits during daylight hours (weather permitting), but every place else has a speed limit of 55 or 65 mph.

Mamadrae
07-24-2008, 04:08 PM
And where would THAT be? I know some places don't (or didn't) have posted speed limits during daylight hours (weather permitting), but every place else has a speed limit of 55 or 65 mph.

North Dakota and other states with nothing for many many miles.

You can get away with 75 on the highways by me barring heavy traffic and bad weather.

Docmayhem
07-24-2008, 05:34 PM
West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia have 70mph posted limits on the interstates...

...Which means that everyone actually drives about 80.

SteeleDragon78
07-24-2008, 05:45 PM
And where would THAT be? I know some places don't (or didn't) have posted speed limits during daylight hours (weather permitting), but every place else has a speed limit of 55 or 65 mph.

here in OK, the turnpike is 75 on the long stretches between towns. at least on i40 to ft smith it is. i think i44 to joplin is 70. i know i35 to Dallas is 70 for most of it, i slept allot on that trip so cant say for certain

AdminAssistant
07-24-2008, 08:38 PM
K10 (which isn't even an interstate, just a state highway) is 70 mph. When I go home, the speed limit gradually decreases - 70 mph until Clinton, 65 mph until Springfield, 60 mph until Arkansas state line, 55 mph the rest of the way home.

Pezzle
07-24-2008, 08:41 PM
West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia have 70mph posted limits on the interstates...

...Which means that everyone actually drives about 80.

I know, i absolutely love it. Takes SO much time out of my roadtrips to Kentucky. One time I was really tired and somehow ended up going 110 on one of the interstates... 68 is it? without realizing it (80 mph + huge hills). Almost whizzed right by a cop, some how I did not get pulled over. :eek:

Broomjockey
07-24-2008, 09:16 PM
Quick and dirty conversion is 60Mph = 100 Kph. That means 30Mph = 50 Kph. Those are the two most common speed limits in Canada.

This quick conversion is provided free of charge by your friendly Canadian who doesn't wanna see anyone in a similar situation get a ticket.

Emrld
07-24-2008, 09:23 PM
Depends on the surrounding areas . . .
Some parts of Texas have 75 Mph highways . . .closer you get to city more likely it will drop to 65-55 Mph range.
A lot of speed limit setting has to do with safety on the road. More cars in an area at one time . . .slower they want you to go . . .allows for more repsonse time.

Go Candian Officer for living in the real world. It is nice to see that he had the brains to look for himself and verify that you did have an actual challange in of conversion issues.

Igorina
07-24-2008, 11:42 PM
Interstates in Mississippi are 70mph, as are certain parts of some two lane highways.

Pagan
07-25-2008, 01:12 AM
I-10, I-40, I-25, and US70 from Las Cruces to Alamogordo (for some odd reason) in New Mexico is 75mph. When you get in close to Las Cruces, Albuquerque, and Santa Fe, the speed limit drops on the interstate. Yeah, when you're out here in some of the big states, the higher speed limits are your friends. Takes about 3 hours from ABQ to Las Cruces instead of 4 1/2 - 5.

Although, right now, about halfway between ABQ (La Bajada Hill) and SF, the limit is down to 55mph because of the tracks for the RailRunner being laid in between north and south bound I-25.

I know, too, that I-10 in far west Texas (except for El Paso co.), the speed limit is 80mph. Or it was several years ago. Might have changed since then.

Evil Queen
07-25-2008, 03:05 AM
No way, the POSTED speed limit on I-25 is 75. But the cops tell you to go 95 or you get run over. (I was told I was going to slow at 80 mph!)

Becks
07-25-2008, 03:10 AM
Well, I stand corrected. :blink:

Trayol
07-25-2008, 04:31 AM
You all with your high speed limits. You know what it is on the Illinois interstates? 55 near the cities and 65 everywhere else.

Any attempts to go more than 3 over the limits, will have many a state trooper looming over you ready to pounce with tickets a flailing. Especially for drivers coming in from out of states that have a higher limit.

JustADude
07-25-2008, 07:58 AM
One time I was really tired and somehow ended up going 110 on one of the interstates... 68 is it? without realizing it (80 mph + huge hills). Almost whizzed right by a cop, some how I did not get pulled over. :eek:

Well, either the cop's car was a factory-stock model (rare, but they exist, especially if he was a local and not HwyPat or a State Trooper) that he knew couldn't catch up to you, or he was dealing with something more important, like a prisoner transport, etc.

PossJB
07-25-2008, 08:01 AM
I-5 in Oregon has 55 near some cities and 65 the rest of the way as far as I know. You can get away with five over, no problem.

Lingering Grin
07-25-2008, 08:30 AM
Florida's Turnpike is 70 mph, everyone does 80 - 85 usually.

I like going at night, that way I can hit the turnpike and do 100mph+ with no cops (or other cars for that matter) around for miles. Just got to slow down near the rest stops :D

What's sad is when you're pushing 105 - 110mph, and someone STILL comes out of nowhere and blasts past you.

Pezzle
07-25-2008, 11:14 AM
Well, either the cop's car was a factory-stock model (rare, but they exist, especially if he was a local and not HwyPat or a State Trooper) that he knew couldn't catch up to you, or he was dealing with something more important, like a prisoner transport, etc.


I had a peek at him because I slammed my brakes on to slow down when I saw the reflection off his grill lights; sound asleep. Out like a light. I just figured they'd have a radar or something that beeps and says "Fucker! Felony Speeding at 9 O ClocK!" He WAS a local though.

I got pulled over later on that trip, for having a missing license plate illuminator. Apparently it'd burned out a few days previous without me knowing. He literally said to me "I have to prove I am not sleeping so I am just giving you a written citation with no ticket or anything.."

king4aday
07-25-2008, 01:47 PM
where I live in Wisconsin, the speed limit is merely a suggestion....you never see cops ANYWHERE. going through town in 25 mph zones I along with other traffic normallhy do about 45...out in the country where it is posted 55 we normally do around 85 or 90. No one gets pulled over. I would LOVE to go the speed limit, but I like my life too much. I thik the cops are afraid to be out on the roads with all the high speed drivers.

smileyeagle1021
07-25-2008, 08:04 PM
y'all'd love Utah (and the Intermountain West in general), in SLC the spead limit is 65... hahaha... most people do between 75 and 80, and at least utah and nevada are set up that once you are out of city limits the speed limit goes up to 75 on interstates (unless going over a really big mountain or something like that)... now that is the speed limit, with the exception of nevada most people do 85-90+ (smart people only do 75 in Nevada because they have a budget deficit and if you are speeding you WILL get pulled over and they WILL give you the maximum ticket).

BlaqueKatt
07-25-2008, 10:57 PM
This quick conversion is provided free of charge by your friendly Canadian


Aren't most Canadians friendly?

Evil Queen
07-25-2008, 11:04 PM
Aren't most Canadians friendly?

I dunno, Broom can get pretty mean when he wants to. :D

Mamadrae
07-26-2008, 04:37 AM
You all with your high speed limits. You know what it is on the Illinois interstates? 55 near the cities and 65 everywhere else.

Any attempts to go more than 3 over the limits, will have many a state trooper looming over you ready to pounce with tickets a flailing. Especially for drivers coming in from out of states that have a higher limit.

We're from Illinois ourselves so we kept feeling like we were speeding terribly. Though where I live you can get by doing 75. When you have nothing but cornfields for the next number of hours of your drive, I doubt most cops would hold it against you.

Pagan
07-26-2008, 05:25 AM
No way, the POSTED speed limit on I-25 is 75. But the cops tell you to go 95 or you get run over. (I was told I was going to slow at 80 mph!)

:confused: I just went to Santa Fe a couple of weeks ago and nobody was doing anywhere close to that, generally behaving themselves. (Of course, there was some huge back up just north of ABQ and we wound up getting off, going through and getting back on I-25 at Bernalillo.) Generally, when I go down to Las Cruces, I'm the one passing everybody, including semis, and I'm usually doing about 85mph.

Of course, we're also right smack in the middle of "100 Days and Nights of Summer"....

daleduke17
07-26-2008, 12:53 PM
You all with your high speed limits. You know what it is on the Illinois interstates? 55 near the cities and 65 everywhere else.

Any attempts to go more than 3 over the limits, will have many a state trooper looming over you ready to pounce with tickets a flailing. Especially for drivers coming in from out of states that have a higher limit.

The funny part about this is one time when I went to Chicago I was on I355 and was doing 105 MPH just to keep up with a semi and two other cars.

I know not to mess around with the troopers when I'm around Springfield (where the ISP HQ is) or on a few of the interstates that lead into Chicago from large cities (55 and 57 mainly). They'll bust your ass quicker than hell.

habitofbeingright
07-26-2008, 06:17 PM
West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia have 70mph posted limits on the interstates...

...Which means that everyone actually drives about 80.

80?? thats the speed we from SC drive during heavy rains, good weather we go faster

Evil Queen
07-26-2008, 06:48 PM
:confused: I just went to Santa Fe a couple of weeks ago and nobody was doing anywhere close to that, generally behaving themselves. (Of course, there was some huge back up just north of ABQ and we wound up getting off, going through and getting back on I-25 at Bernalillo.) Generally, when I go down to Las Cruces, I'm the one passing everybody, including semis, and I'm usually doing about 85mph.

Of course, we're also right smack in the middle of "100 Days and Nights of Summer"....

Wave at George as you speed by Socorro for me. He's generally somewhere between it and Belen. Parked. Sleeping, as usual.

Ya know, I've never been to Santa Fe. (silly of me, I know) How is it during the winter months?

redmountaingoldfish
07-30-2008, 02:40 AM
And where would THAT be? I know some places don't (or didn't) have posted speed limits during daylight hours (weather permitting), but every place else has a speed limit of 55 or 65 mph.



http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/b4/US_speed_limits.svg/501px-US_speed_limits.svg.png


Pretty much everywhere between Iowa and California.

Emrld
07-30-2008, 02:50 PM
That map is not totally accurate . . . .US 75 north out of Dallas, TX (toward Oklahoma) past Allen goes up to 75 . . .I was just on it Sunday

It must be going by average not all highways

Yes, of course you posted the map for an idea and didn't suggest that we drive the limit it said covered that area.

IT Grunt
07-30-2008, 05:01 PM
I rented a Malibu for a trip last month, and it had the same thing. However, I looks like the speedometer is electronic, and you can switch it between kph or Mph through the car's trip/info computer. I remember a selection for preferred units in there, but I didn't dare mess with it. I did notice when I looked close at the speedometer, you could faintly see the light that would switch on when it was in kph.

Aha, a little searching, and I found a youtube video of it in action:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QD9UbLp9tp4&feature=related

bean
07-30-2008, 09:42 PM
I actually leaned over and checked. Nothing. I then pull out the owners manual and check it. Nothing on kilometers. Apparently our new 08 Malibu and kilometers don't mix.


There should be a metric button SOMEWHERE in the car - most new GMs don't display both MPH and KMH, but if you hit the button, it starts displaying the correct speed (and distance, and temperature, etc).

Pagan
07-30-2008, 11:56 PM
Kinda of OT - for some reason, I keep hearing the title of this thread in Tommy Lee Jones' voice in "MIB" after the first time that he flashy-things Will Smith.

Music Mo-Gal
07-31-2008, 09:47 PM
And where would THAT be? I know some places don't (or didn't) have posted speed limits during daylight hours (weather permitting), but every place else has a speed limit of 55 or 65 mph.

It's 75 mph in parts of Texas.

Pagan
08-01-2008, 11:06 PM
It's 75 mph in parts of Texas.

And a few places in far west Texas, it's 80mph (like Hudspeth and Culberson Co, but not El Paso Co, I guess because of El Paso). Or at least it was a couple of years ago.

penguingeekgod
08-03-2008, 03:59 AM
West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia have 70mph posted limits on the interstates...

...Which means that everyone actually drives about 80.

Add Michigan to that list.

mattm04
08-03-2008, 07:32 AM
Florida's Turnpike is 70 mph, everyone does 80 - 85 usually.

I like going at night, that way I can hit the turnpike and do 100mph+ with no cops (or other cars for that matter) around for miles. Just got to slow down near the rest stops :D

What's sad is when you're pushing 105 - 110mph, and someone STILL comes out of nowhere and blasts past you.

I was in Florida this past Feb. and I drove from Tampa to Ft. Myers. I was gong 85 on 75 and still getting passed. I had a few semi pass me too.

MrSmiley
08-03-2008, 09:37 PM
Just a quick reminder for everyone... if you need to make a conversion of measurement... and can get to google (friend's house, library, internet cafe, iphone, cell phone), half the battle is over...

All I have to do is search "convert 60 miles to km" for a quick response. This works for all kinds of other fun things too, including currency exchange rates.

Yes, I forget all kinds of different measurements during the average day.

Broomjockey
08-03-2008, 11:57 PM
Actually, you don't need the "convert." Just make sure it's "X unit to unit"
You can also get definitions of words by going "define: word". There's a fair number of google tricks. Quite useful.

Grumpy
08-11-2008, 01:44 AM
And where would THAT be? I know some places don't (or didn't) have posted speed limits during daylight hours (weather permitting), but every place else has a speed limit of 55 or 65 mph. Arizona has 75 mph on a lot of highways, and the standard real speed is 85.