Things I’ve Learned About Tennessee – Part 2

AKA The Need for Speed

Speeding is pretty much an issue anywhere nowadays it seems… Except Hawaii! Gawd to they drive SLOW there! Tennessee is no exception. With hours of travel time between the major towns, the Interstate speed limit goes up to 70mph (or 112.6 kph). People will go faster than that too. Half of them will do about 80 to 85.

Unlike California though, most of the drivers are reasonably courteous. The only unwritten rule is that if you’re in the fast lane and somebody is coming up behind you, move over to the right (if you can). Well, technically that’s actually the law in most states also, but see if anyone follows it most places… Most drivers in Tennessee are fairly courteous though, with 2 exceptions:

1: Around Nashville – There’s just too many people from too many states (damned Yankees) moved there, and too many different styles of driving. Generally, it’s not heinous however.

2: Georgia Drivers – MAYBE it’s because (having lived there) I know that the law there gives drivers 15mph over the speed limit before they will ticket them. Whatever the reason, Georgia drivers be all like:

Then again… I didn’t drive like THAT, but when I moved Ginger to the new house, I *may* have gotten her up to 93 mph (150 kph) at one point… Well, because… Mustang!

12 thoughts on “Things I’ve Learned About Tennessee – Part 2

  1. ourlifein3d

    I have that need for speed too! In my 20s I had two GT mustangs. And due to my need for speed my insurance payments got to be more than my car payments. And I realized muscle cars are a waste of money. Because the law will not let you get your money’s worth out of them 🙂 keep it on all fours!

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    1. Silk Cords Post author

      Well, not that I would EVER advocate breaking the law, but… Often it’s just a matter of knowing where the law isn’t, LOL. 😉 There are safe, legal alternatives also that don’t involve moving the Germany to use the autobahn. Open track days at drag strips being a big one. 🙂

      Waste of money is relative also. My Stang is old enough that it’s going up in value not down, and I’m old enough where I *generally* don’t have anything to prove and thus feel no need to race it around. 🙂

      AND as Robin put it…

      A bit different for girls though. Some guys love girls with fast cars, others are intimated by them and have to act all hardcore.

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    1. Silk Cords Post author

      Galaxie… Beautiful car, and they usually had a fair amount of HP by my understanding. The size of a fishing trawler though, LOL. Then again, we have a ’94 F150 also, and it’s probably just a hair bigger. Driving it is a little awkward for me when the Mustang and Subaru are smaller and more nimble.

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    1. Silk Cords Post author

      2008 was a good body style, and the Bullitt trim really added alot (looks wise) to it. That generation was designed by members of the Chrysler 300 design team that Ford had hijacked, lol. It really shows on the interior 🙂

      The main thing I dislike on newer cars is the governor. You’re NOT getting it over 110mph regardless. 🙂 Granted that “might have occurred” moment in the original post could have potentially gone higher IF I had anything other than 4 wheel manual drum brakes, AND crappy, low budget tires. >_<

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      1. Peter Martuneac

        Yeah, I loved that generation of Mustangs. It’s still fun to drive all these years later, and thanks to always living within 10 minutes of where I work it still only has 52k miles on it. At this rate, I’m hoping that I’ll literally take it to the grave lol

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