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Good Intentions Can Have Negative Consequences on Massachusetts Highways

The federal government recommends that drivers go no faster than 55 miles per hour in order to get better gas mileage and thus save money on gas. While the 55 mph limit may ultimately result in a lower bill at the pumps, you may unknowingly be putting yourself at risk for car accidents on Massachusetts highways - namely highways with speed limits above 55 mph. There are several potential safety issues with driving at 55 mph on highways with higher speed limits. This is especially true during the holiday season when more people will be on the roads shopping and engaging in holiday activities away from home. One problem with driving 55 mph on a highway with a higher speed limit is the driver's creation of, or contribution to, "variable speed" - a disparity in the speed at which vehicles on the road are traveling. Highways are more dangerous when some people are driving fast and others are driving significantly more slowly, and can lead to situations in which someone has to slam on his or her brakes while traveling at high speeds.

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