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I do about 55-60 in the slow lane with the slow traffic a lot of the time - especially if the traffic is heavy. You dont get irritated by lane hoggers and you save fuel.
I think the "optimum" speed for a Clio 16v with engine work is either about 55-60mph or 90mph on the motorway - the noise and temptation to go faster are a bit too much for me between 60-80. Hence I try to stick to 55!!
Since Ive had my 172 my motorway speeds have increased terribly - I used to drive a 306 DTurbo and that was very happy around the 80-90 mark, unfortunately the 172 is happy in the 80-!20 mark - eek ! Naughty naughty - I do however spend most time at around 85-90
As i do lots of motorway driving i tend to stick to 55-70 (unless im in a hurry)
For my journey the difference in time taken between 60mph and 80mph to get to where im going is about 5mins, so whats the point in driving fast? When i get out after a 60mph drive im far more relaxed than when i get out of a 80/90 mph drive!
I had a bit of fun one day and scared my sister-in-law, by overtaking the Inter City train on a dual carriageway a few yards away from, and parallel to the east coast train line, not far from Edinburgh! (Ben H will know where the road, on the approach to Longniddry).
Well I just cruise at wherever I feel the half way mark on the accelerator (16v owners will know what I mean) - in 5th on the motorway that means it usually sits quite comfortably at around 110...oops.
Slightly off topic but dont you just hate it when people try and undertake? It is one of my main annoyances, say you are sitting in the fast lane behind someone else being patient and then someone usually in a Merc, sits behind for a few seconds and then pullls into the middle lane, but when the timing is right they get stuck behind someone in the middle lane anyway!!