“You mean there was no deep fat? No steak or cream pies, hot fudge or… fast cars? “

Study: 70 Mph Safe As 65

Eat (Chocolate), Drink (Coffee) and be Merry

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Writer/photographer (profession), foreign policy wonk (hobby).
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4 Responses to “You mean there was no deep fat? No steak or cream pies, hot fudge or… fast cars? “

  1. Bruce Parker says:

    Too bad mpg ratings collapse at higher speeds. (Note that they couldn’t get the Prius to go above 100 mph, which I can attest to.) CO2 emissions also rise, though apparently not at the same rate. And of course so does the noise level.

    OTOH, there is an interesting argument that very low speed limits (30 mph and under) also greatly reduce mpg and increase emissions. Of course at this point we’re talking about residential areas, schools, traffic lights, and idling traffic, which means there’s a trade-off between safety and pollution. None of which applies to the hybrids, since they run on batteries at low speeds (at least once they’ve warmed up.)

  2. mary says:

    Hybrids are probably more efficient when you’re driving in the city. Since most highway driving is over 60, you lose a lot of benefits.

    Good news about the chocolate and coffee, though –

  3. Bruce Parker says:

    I should have also pointed out that speed differential is also high on the list for causing accidents. While this has been documented for HOV lanes and motorcycles, I have to wonder if we’re not going to see more of speed-differential-caused accidents. Everyone is within their rights to drive the speed limit, and more folks may be doing that as they start to realize how much gas they will save. That by itself could cause more accidents, unless of course everyone slows down.

  4. mary says:

    If everyone slows down, we’ll have more accidents due to boredom-induced sleep. The best way to handle that would be to have minimum as well as maximum driving speeds (and to enforce the minimum speeds for a change).

    If people want to save gas, they should stay off the highway.

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