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32 minutes ago, cigarjoe said:

Read your owners manual,

Now why would anyone do that? 😎

I just purchased my very first brand new pick up truck (usually buy used) that has a manual. Drove it home 11/17 and was HIT while parked on 11/22. Thankfully, I got the entire incident on security camera.  (I'd post it but has foul language!) Even so, took until yesterday for that driver's insurance company to accept liability.

Oh yeah, don't like TCM broadcasting edited movies.

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13 hours ago, sewhite2000 said:

Having done virtually no driving in any other states ( I spent an evening seeing a concert at a casino in Oklahoma about four years ago. Before that ....???), I don't have any concept of what your reference means. That they're short? I have no reference point for comparison, but I'm willing to acknoweldge that could be true.  I can't recall ever missing an exit. There are plenty of highway signs to let you know how many miles you have until you reach one.

In '91 we went to Laredo to take my father in law to see his dying older brother.  In all other states on the way down, the freeway exits provided at least an eighth of a mile of extra left lane before veering off the main freeway traffic.  Only in Dallas did we find this similarity.  From then on and until Laredo the exits were just little lanes with no space to pull away and slow for the short distance to the end of them.  I wasn't used to driving on exit ramps at freeway speed for 200 feet.  ;)

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16 hours ago, Movie Collector OH said:

Completely different principle.  Diesel engines can't slow down a truck the way a gas engine can slow down a car in low gear, the truck would just run away.  So diesel trucks have this additional system on the engine.

I haven't noticed cruise control on passenger vehicles that applies braking or downshifting, but I don't use cruise control and haven't paid much attention in recent years either.  In the past I have only noticed it control the engine throttle, and by extension, automatic transmission shifting - but not persistent downshifting to slow down the car.

Cruise control saves money - lots of it.  Your mileage per gallon increases and you don't get speeding tickets.

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1 hour ago, ElCid said:

Cruise control saves money - lots of it.  Your mileage per gallon increases and you don't get speeding tickets.

Your choice.  I just go with the flow and stay cool as a cucumber, that saves on gas and keeps the tickets away.  I haven't had a speeding ticket in decades, and whenever I have been stopped for anything else, the police have just let me go with a warning, since I have such a clean driving record.

I use a GPS when out of town.  In addition to navigation, it also tells me when there is a change in speed limit coming up, which also helps.

Last vehicle I sold off, I didn't even know the cruise control didn't work.  This was found out in the inspection process. 😁

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2 minutes ago, Movie Collector OH said:

Your choice.  I just go with the flow and stay cool as a cucumber, that saves on gas and keeps the tickets away.  I haven't had a speeding ticket in decades, and whenever I have been stopped for anything else, the police have just let me go with a warning, since I have such a clean driving record.

I use a GPS when out of town.  In addition to navigation, it also tells me when there is a change in speed limit coming up, which also helps.

Last vehicle I sold off, I didn't even know the cruise control didn't work.  This was found out in the inspection process. 😁

Numerous studies have shown that cruise control saves fuel.  Your choice to spend more money and use more fossil fuel.

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7 hours ago, brianNH said:

Boy, the joke's really on us, isn't it?!  Here, I thought TCM was plotting to turn into the new AMC; but no, it's now Car Talk!  

Hey, this is great!  I'm thoroughly enjoying this turn in the road.  I've never been all that interested in automobiles, but in the last couple of years this retiree  has "discovered"  NASCAR, hot rods and drag racing, and the Mecum Auctions.  Right now the Mecum Auto Auction is going on in Kansas City, and my wife and I turn it on to watch and have as background.  It's really fascinating to hear all this new stuff about old cars.

You want a "Then meets Now" experience,  then tune into the auction!

 "Keep on truckin'!" as we used to say when I was in school.  This is great!  AndI'm having a ball reading all this.

Thanks, everyone. 

All this talk about driving, after I pack up here for the day I might just fill up and head for the hills.  😁

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I've never been stopped for speeding in the '64.  I have been stopped twice for forgetting to turn on the headlights at night -- both times I'd left a well-lighted parking lot and didn't realize I hadn't turned my lights on until it was too late.  I didn't get a ticket, though.    

One time, circa 1994/95,  a policeman pulled up behind me at the Strawberry Fields Plaza in West Palm Beach, FL where I was parked eating a Burger King chicken sandwich.  It was obvious this policeman thought he was going to catch a bad criminal!  ME!  😲  But much to the cop's disappointment -- after keeping my Driver's License for a full 10 minutes looking for 'dirt' -- he found out from the Florida DMV that the turquoise '64 Falcon I was sitting in was indeed MINE!   I still had my Publix shirt on, too.  It was coral-coloured with the PUBLIX logo in green on the sleeves . . .

So apparently the cop thought I'd gotten off work from Publix, stole a Falcon, went to Burger King and parked in a quiet area to eat . . . and then he was gonna catch me!  I was to be hauled off to The Hoosegow for vehicle thievery!  🚗

GOOD GOSH.    🥴

 

 

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Mr. Gorman, I'll bet it was the Burger King chicken sandwich that was the red flag!  Everybody knows that the profile of a '64 Falcon thief is an appetite for those sandwiches.  

(And boy! Did we learn that the hard way one night at Lakefront Park in Port Huron!)

But I'm so glad that your record is clean enough to have been cleared for participation on this forum.

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3 hours ago, Mr. Gorman said:

One time, circa 1994/95,  a policemen pulled up behind me at the Strawberry Fields Plaza in West Palm Beach, FL where I was parked eating a Burger King chicken sandwich.  It was obvious this policeman thought he was going to catch a bad criminal!  ME!  😲  But much to the cop's disappointment -- after keeping my Driver's License for a full 10 minutes looking for 'dirt' -- he found out from the Florida DMV that the turquoise '64 Falcon I was sitting in was indeed MINE!   I still had my Publix shirt on, too.  It was coral-coloured with the PUBLIX logo in green on the sleeves . . .

So apparently the cop thought I'd gotten off work from Publix, stole a Falcon, went to Burger King and parked in a quiet area to eat . . . and then he was gonna catch me!  I was to be hauled off to The Hoosegow for vehicle thievery!  🚗

GOOD GOSH.    🥴

 

Perhaps he thought that you might be a contestant in an American version of: Intercept (1998-2000) and were trying to hide in plain sight to run out the clock so that you could keep the Falcon.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1774006/

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I am able now to fully and knowledgably attest that not all cruise controls are created equal.

My little fuzzy had an older model Oldsmobile. Picture driving seventy-five on the Interstate using cruise control and having to reduce to fifty because of a construction zone and then touching the: 'Resume' button when you are clear of it. The engine seemed positively grateful for the opportunity to demonstrate what a five litre V-8 can do. American power in an American automobile with American will. You were back to full speed quicker than you can speak of it.

I have just come from a similar situation in my compact foreign-born SUV with a one-point-five litre inline four. Pressing: 'Resume' was like nudging a narcoleptic sloth with a feather. "What? You want me? Oh, the speed. Yeah, I see it. What is wrong with it? You want to go faster? (Yawn) Well okay but I think it is a waste of time. There. Now it is fifty-two instead of fifty..." I doubt that it truly required twelve miles to work back up to cruising speed but it did very much feel that way.

 

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1 hour ago, SansFin said:

I am able now to fully and knowledgably attest that not all cruise controls are created equal.

My little fuzzy had an older model Oldsmobile. Picture driving seventy-five on the Interstate using cruise control and having to reduce to fifty because of a construction zone and then touching the: 'Resume' button when you are clear of it. The engine seemed positively grateful for the opportunity to demonstrate what a five litre V-8 can do. American power in an American automobile with American will. You were back to full speed quicker than you can speak of it.

I have just come from a similar situation in my compact foreign-born SUV with a one-point-five litre inline four. Pressing: 'Resume' was like nudging a narcoleptic sloth with a feather. "What? You want me? Oh, the speed. Yeah, I see it. What is wrong with it? You want to go faster? (Yawn) Well okay but I think it is a waste of time. There. Now it is fifty-two instead of fifty..." I doubt that it truly required twelve miles to work back up to cruising speed but it did very much feel that way.

 

My experiences are different from yours.  I have a "made in America" (supposedly) Japanese SUV with a four cylinder.  It does not resume from 50 to 75 quite as quickly as my German car, but pretty close.  Of course, I never resume when the difference is more than five miles per hour anyway because both of them zoom to the set speed.  This wastes a lot of gas.  I never drive 75 either.  The few times I have used resume on both in similar situations to yours, the time gap was not that great in getting back to the set speed.

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I could cruise at 75 easily when I had the '67 Lincoln with its thirsty '462'.  The gas mileage was awful no matter what speed you drove . . . I shudder to think what the miles-per-gallon was.  It had a 24-gallon tank.  Probably 8 MPG around town and 11-12 MPG     on the mostly empty country roads.  In the Continental it was no big deal driving 75 for miles at a time; I could really make tracks. 

The Falcon, meanwhile, won't even go 70 mph without (((shaking and quaking))) . . . so I've never pushed my luck to hit 75.  I'd probably be leaving engine parts all over the highway at 75 . . . 🚗 

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On 12/3/2021 at 10:33 AM, Sepiatone said:

In all other states on the way down, the freeway exits provided at least an eighth of a mile of extra left lane before veering off the main freeway traffic.  Only in Dallas did we find this similarity.  From then on and until Laredo the exits were just little lanes with no space to pull away and slow for the short distance to the end of them.  I wasn't used to driving on exit ramps at freeway speed for 200 feet.  ;)

I've lived in Dallas for the last 24 years, and I have done easily 99 per cent of my driving there during that time. I've lost all perception of what it's like driving anywhere else, I guess. I tend to assume what life is like where I am is pretty much the same everywhere, at least in the US.  As I said, I almost never drive in other states and rarely drive anywhere else in Texas, although I travel to Austin every eight to 10 weeks to see my mom and brother. I haven't noticed the exit distances or speeds are any different betweent the two cities. But maybe things have changed since 1991, and admitedly I've almost  never driven in the western or southern halves of the state (which have most of the landscape people associate with Texas) at all.

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On 12/3/2021 at 11:33 AM, Sepiatone said:

In '91 we went to Laredo to take my father in law to see his dying older brother.  In all other states on the way down, the freeway exits provided at least an eighth of a mile of extra left lane before veering off the main freeway traffic.  Only in Dallas did we find this similarity.  From then on and until Laredo the exits were just little lanes with no space to pull away and slow for the short distance to the end of them.  I wasn't used to driving on exit ramps at freeway speed for 200 feet.  ;)

Sepiatone

This confuses me.  I have driven interstates in VA, TN, KY and every state south of them as far west as TX.  95% of exits are to right, not left.  In some states there is an exit lane that is about an eighth of a mile (I suppose), but in some the exit lane is often less and even occasionally shared with the entry lane from intersecting streets.  A very few exits do have exit lanes longer, but that is generally in very, very high traffic areas and usually for exiting to another interstate.

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3 hours ago, ElCid said:

This confuses me.  I have driven interstates in VA, TN, KY and every state south of them as far west as TX.  95% of exits are to right, not left.  In some states there is an exit lane that is about an eighth of a mile (I suppose), but in some the exit lane is often less and even occasionally shared with the entry lane from intersecting streets.  A very few exits do have exit lanes longer, but that is generally in very, very high traffic areas and usually for exiting to another interstate.

Yep.  Misspoke there.  Should have just posted "extra lane" instead.  Thanks for pointing that out.  However....

When Michigan's oldest interstate, I-94 was finally completed it was already obsolete by that time (early '60's)  and had, near my area, an entrance ramp and exit on the left lane for Telegraph Rd.(M-24)  Imagine, with a then speed limit of 70 mph, entering from the left with traffic, despite the posted limit, zipping by at a typical 20+ over.    And surely, some "extra" exiting lanes are longer than others, depending on the area and "normal" traffic flows, and in some cases, there's an "exit only" yellow strip on the bottom of the sign indicating the street the exit is for.  And often, those lanes are up to 2/3 of a mile long.   And incidentally...

That I-94 left lane entrance and exit has since the late '90's been eliminated and corrected.  It was intended for  entering from the Northbound, and exiting to, the Southbound Telegraph road traffic.  It was quite a mess.

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