FMCSA Speed Limiters Are A Bad Idea

Trucks pass each other all day long about half a mile faster than the next due to one being perhaps loaded heavier than the other and/or terrain. This blocks up traffic sometimes for miles behind. This is dangerous for everyone. Speed limiters will cause more harm than good. I predict more blood on the highways with speed limiters.
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2010 FMCSA Rollover Video

From the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Part of The Crittenden Automotive Library @ http://www.CarsAndRacingStuff.com
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20 thoughts on “FMCSA Speed Limiters Are A Bad Idea

  • September 17, 2017 at 12:08 pm
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    What an asshole. He is crawling a whole 0.25mph at best and he is crying because the truck is going the speed limit?
    Some truck drivers are professional then there is this tool. You know, the one that holds up the left lane for an eternity at 5 mph under and collects cars behind him .

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  • September 17, 2017 at 12:44 pm
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    Oh — so you want to go faster — that takes longer to stop – Danger !!

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  • September 17, 2017 at 1:35 pm
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    then you'll hafta go team, or quit drivin

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  • September 17, 2017 at 2:24 pm
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    only for you company drivers with a poor safety score

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  • September 17, 2017 at 2:57 pm
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    I agree with Ramon Fontes, but I see your point. If you have a steer tire blow out and your at 65mph at your limiter you could die cuz you cant drop the hammer to match the forces. First thing my dad did when we cashed our truck off, Turned that bitch the whole way up, bigger turbo new tune. 2001 Pete will run 100 – 110 loaded. Like a raped ape.

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  • September 17, 2017 at 3:06 pm
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    Something to bear in mind is that the indicated speed of each truck may not be the actual speed. In the US, a 5mph "cushion" is given over the posted speed limit (in most parts) to account for inaccuracies in the speedometer, and speedometers in police vehicles cost nearly 3x their civilian counterparts because they are required to be calibrated!

    It's entirely possible for one truck, with a speedometer reading 70mph, to actually be doing 70.25mph, while another at the same speedometer reading is only doing 69.75. Given this titbit, speed limiters would be completely ineffective and would create more problems than they resolve, especially on 2 lane freeways where trucks are limited to 65 and cars to 75! (or 55 and 65 – you get the idea!).

    What would help the situation would be the ability to increment or decrement the cruise control in 1/4mph slices or, better yet, target a laser range-finder on the truck ahead and have your truck match speeds with the truck in front while on cruise control.

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  • September 17, 2017 at 3:25 pm
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    agree with you pay 50 to a road service and remove that crap of the computer

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  • September 17, 2017 at 4:06 pm
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    yeah trucks can't get passed very quickly and block traffic

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  • September 17, 2017 at 4:51 pm
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    I hate it when that happens, come on truck, go go go….. impeding the flow of traffic

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  • September 17, 2017 at 5:07 pm
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    If you are running on flat ground and someone passes you and it seems they slowed down, more than likely they are just breaking the wind for you and you are going a little faster. You don't have to be right up against another truck for it to cut though the air for you.

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  • September 17, 2017 at 5:50 pm
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    Dont pass then! Why blame the truck for your decision to try to pass??? "LIke blaming forks for me being fat"!

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  • September 17, 2017 at 6:18 pm
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    the point of speed limiters is to keep us in line and not all over the road

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  • September 17, 2017 at 6:29 pm
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    I agree. If you cannot get out and around another driver and that is as fast as you can pass the driver you need to just duck back in behind and slow down by about a quarter of a mile an hour. being in front of or behind that truck he passed is not going to save him any amount of time anyways because his truck is too damn slow. he's you cannot go faster than the posted speed limit then you cannot save time and even if you can go faster than the posted speed limit you're not going to save that much time anyway

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  • September 17, 2017 at 7:05 pm
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    all trucks need to be able to do the highway speed limit which in most states is 70 and then you won't have this issue

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  • September 17, 2017 at 7:24 pm
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    this guy is a steering wheel holder. what idiot would sign up to drive a slow truck. if you been driving any time at all you know who has slow trucks. I would never lower my standards to drive a truck that won't do the speed limits

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  • September 17, 2017 at 7:58 pm
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    Some of my company's trucks are limitted like 3 or 4 mph slower on cruise than when you're driving manually. It's kind of nice. If I'm catching a guy at 65 on the interstate, I can step on it up to like 68 or something and get by fast, then drop back down on the cruise to 65 and still be going faster. At least it doesn't take 19 miles to pass someone that way. The worst is when I'm heavy loaded but higher limited than a guy so every little knoll keeps me from just pulling by but the instant it flattens out I catch right up again. That sucks.

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  • September 17, 2017 at 8:48 pm
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    the self driving trucks will be limited and conveying = no passing.

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  • September 17, 2017 at 9:35 pm
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    OOOPS same argument in Europe in the 1980, as wrong now as then. When no truck can go faster than another no one passes. No danger.

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  • September 17, 2017 at 10:25 pm
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    they are the best idea. jb hunt did it for years 55 and in the right lane no passing

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  • September 17, 2017 at 11:15 pm
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    why you complaining if you are just like the one you trying to pass….yeah you are faster "65" he is "65"…..why talk about him..? just kick back and drive. i dont have that problem, im a Wolfpack transport driver..come work for us, you wont have that problem.

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