Motorway speed limit to increase to 80mph
The speed limit in the UK is to increase to 80mph. Of course, the show-offs in Audis, Mercs and BMWs already travel at that speed and will probably be doing 90mph and above come the change.
I will still be in the slow lane, behind the lorries, doing 55mph. Why? Because the faster you go the more fuel you use per mile. Yes, the lovers of German technological endeavour will get to their destinations a few minutes afore me but they would have self-taxed themselves a lot more in travel costs.
Every car has a maximum torque rating for its engine. That is to say there is a speed at which the engine will work the most efficiently and use the optimum amount of fuel. Travel above that speed and your car's engine will need more fuel per mile.
For my car, and most others, maximum torque corresponds to 4000 RPM and 55mph. That speed just happens to correspond with the speed of most trucks and lorries in the slow lane. Most transport vehicles are limited to 55mph. These vehicles are also very large and can carve a big hole in the air for my car.
Obeying the 2 second rule, I place my car behind a large vehicle and travel at a steady 55mph. I save a lot of money in fuel. Not to mention the fact that I would normally walk everywhere within walking distance.
I can walk to anywhere in town so unless I have a large load to carry, I rarely use a car. Only if I have to travel out of town do I use a car and then, only at 55mph regardless of the higher speed limit.
I regard cars as I would mobile phones, the lottery, cigarettes etc. as a tax on stupidity. Just ways for the government and corporations to claw back your hard-earned money. I use a car sparingly, don't own a mobile phone, never play the lottery nor smoke. I save a lot of money and I use it to buy gold!