US POI's

 

Used this site's POI's and speed cameras for my holiday trip to Florida (returned yesterday) and didn't realise there were so many red light cameras there! The POI's were really useful as not too familiar with your roads, as you drive on the wrong side and that needed concentration, but it got me everywhere I wanted to go.
What I did notice from previous visits was the number of motorists that were speeding in Florida compared to some of my other trips. Is this something that has changed recently? They come down pretty heavily on you in the UK, same as using phones while driving. Saw lots of that!
Back to Tennessee in five weeks for a real rest!

speed

People speed everywhere... It's luck of the draw but many places... there are not many police... and the police will wait 5 minutes to get someone doing 10 MPH faster than me... or so we hope

Speeding

As previously mentioned, most drivers here in the US speed to some extent. In many heavily traveled places, you will cause a traffic jam if you do the posted speed limit. It's been my experience that lack of enforcement has caused an increase in the number of speeders on the road in the last decade.

While I'll admit to speeding myself on occasion, I keep it to no more than 7 - 8 MPH over the limit. Even doing this, I'm frequently passed by drivers doing 10 - 20 MPH faster.

Many of us here use a smartphone app called "Waze" which uses crowd sourcing to give a near real time view of what is happening on the road ahead. Reported police locations change frequently and aren't very accurate but I find the app useful for safety purposes.

On the freeways I drive 5 to

On the freeways I drive 5 to 8 miles above the posted limit. I rarely drive at the limit.

You will find 1 or 2 cars going at the limit on interstate freeway like the I-5 between Los Angeles and San Francisco or the I-15 between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. The rest flies at 85 MPH or faster.

That is a real change

Thanks for the comments guys. If you have ever driven in the UK, roads are so much busier and we have so any on-going roadworks, you rarely ever reach the speed limits anyway. We have many of our motorways (I roads) being converted to what they call Smart Motorways where they do away with the hard shoulder to give more car capacity but just don't break down between the places called refuges (one every 1.5 miles) or you are stationary in a live lane until they can get you off the motorway. Terrifying I would think.
I like your roads, they are much bigger, traffic in places is very light e.g. in the Smokey Mountains where I go for a holiday although have driven in Chicago where it equals driving in London.

At Speed Limit Gets You A Ticket

I've seen reports of people being amazed that they were ticketed for obstructing traffic while traveling at the speed limit.

Go figure.

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We drive on the correct side!

dougproctor wrote:

, as you drive on the wrong side

About 65% of the world drives on the right side. Basically any former British Commonwealth nations still drive on the left, plus a few other countries. Sweden smartened up back in the 60's and changed overnight to drive on the right.

I had just spent a month in OZ, NZ and Fiji and its scary as hell when you see cars coming at speed and the bus pulls out making a left turn!

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It's all about money!

Yes, it happens! We have junctions with large boxed areas where you should not enter if you can't get out. Invariably, the car in front of you stops at the edge of the box, trapping you inside. Instant fine!! They have cameras everywhere. The local authorities keep the revenue so they have become a cash cow - it's no longer about safety, more about making money!
It's the same with parking. You pay to park, they are patrolled by private companies and again, it's all about money and profit.
Welcome to the UK!

Scary!

Melaqueman wrote:
dougproctor wrote:

, as you drive on the wrong side

About 65% of the world drives on the right side. Basically any former British Commonwealth nations still drive on the left, plus a few other countries. Sweden smartened up back in the 60's and changed overnight to drive on the right.

I had just spent a month in OZ, NZ and Fiji and its scary as hell when you see cars coming at speed and the bus pulls out making a left turn!

Just the way I feel when over the pond, although as you have bigger roads, it seems easier to get it right. I now feel more comfortable now on your roads - just try a month driving in the UK!! Not pleasant.

WAZE

bdhsfz6 wrote:

As previously mentioned, most drivers here in the US speed to some extent. In many heavily traveled places, you will cause a traffic jam if you do the posted speed limit. It's been my experience that lack of enforcement has caused an increase in the number of speeders on the road in the last decade.

While I'll admit to speeding myself on occasion, I keep it to no more than 7 - 8 MPH over the limit. Even doing this, I'm frequently passed by drivers doing 10 - 20 MPH faster.

Many of us here use a smartphone app called "Waze" which uses crowd sourcing to give a near real time view of what is happening on the road ahead. Reported police locations change frequently and aren't very accurate but I find the app useful for safety purposes.

I find WAZE is a real battery draining app. Am I the only one?

It's because it keeps the

It's because it keeps the screen on. Google does the same thing.

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Definitely

Sixeye wrote:
bdhsfz6 wrote:

As previously mentioned, most drivers here in the US speed to some extent. In many heavily traveled places, you will cause a traffic jam if you do the posted speed limit. It's been my experience that lack of enforcement has caused an increase in the number of speeders on the road in the last decade.

While I'll admit to speeding myself on occasion, I keep it to no more than 7 - 8 MPH over the limit. Even doing this, I'm frequently passed by drivers doing 10 - 20 MPH faster.

Many of us here use a smartphone app called "Waze" which uses crowd sourcing to give a near real time view of what is happening on the road ahead. Reported police locations change frequently and aren't very accurate but I find the app useful for safety purposes.

I find WAZE is a real battery draining app. Am I the only one?

WAZE is definitely a power hog so I keep the phone charging while using.

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Sixeye wrote:

I find WAZE is a real battery draining app. Am I the only one?

I find ALL NAVIGATION APPS are battery draining apps.

Agree...

Waze is battery hog more than other that I have been using.

Nav apps and speeding

chewbacca wrote:

I find ALL NAVIGATION APPS are battery draining apps.

Yes, agreed. Fortunately Waze at least does not seem to use a lot of cellular data, but nav apps sure do drain cell phone batteries, so using a charger cord is a must.

dougproctor wrote:

What I did notice from previous visits was the number of motorists that were speeding in Florida compared to some of my other trips. Is this something that has changed recently?

Speed enforcement on interstate highways varies greatly by state and locale. There are known speed traps in Florida, which you can find by websearching, and in certain county(s) in Georgia on I-95 in construction zones (much higher fines) in particular, where they love to nab out-of-staters going to Florida. In some areas it seems the local budget is funded in no small measure by speeding tickets, so it pays to know where these are and stay under the speed limit.

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My Garmin is more fun

I don't use a phone app so I don't worry about battery life. Anyway, my Garmin is more fun - to use and to keep up-to-date with maps and POI'S.

Phil

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