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I came up on this car Saturday, eastbound on I-40 about 30 miles west of Knoxville. The flashers on the rear worked which helped approaching drivers notice the slow speed (comparatively) the T was driving.
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Looks like someone with a death wish! Around here, we would never get on the I's.
I agree that's a bad idea. It's best to stay off high speed highways with a slow car. You can usually find another way.
Unless there was no way around a high speed road I myself would never put my car in that situation. Even then it would be just from one exit to the nearest one. Here in Florida most of the I roads are 75mph thus making the traffic run between 80 or 85mph. I cant image how fast a car would come up from behind, possibly not giving the driver time enough to hit the brakes. I remember a few years ago I almost slammed a slow moving car just because I didn't notice how slow they were going in the hammer lane. That said, I wish that drive the best of luck in there venture.
That is exactly what it is going to look like to other drivers behind the English Adventurer/Writer with no practical experience in owning or operating a Model T - let alone driving one on American roads - who is planning on driving Coast to Coast from East to West .....
In The Real World ......
Driving a Model T on modern high speed roads is a Death Wish .....
But the folks who keep encouraging him in his " adventure " ....
You keep right on doing it ......
It's a little early for Hershey don't you think?
Even though it is technically legal for a T to go on the highway, it's definitely not a good idea, unless you have a Montana 500 car or a souped-up speedster, and no regard or value for your own life
The misses and I accidentally got onto the interstate once (and the fast lane to boot), and it was terrifying! We pulled all the way over to the shoulder immediately and proceeded to drive on that. We must have gotten 500 feet before we got pulled over.
I explained to the officer that we accidentally got on and wanted to get off the highway as soon as possible. He was completely understanding and told us how far the nearest exit was.
Whenever I go somewhere in my T, I always use the "Avoid Highways" option. It can be a real life saver!
Stock Ts don't belong on the highway, unless being pulled along on a trailer.
FJ, there is no need for your moral relativism here. The Brit making the cross country trip said himself that he would be taking "Small towns & back roads."
That's a bad intersection on I-40, marker 347 where the traffic is coming off the mountain and everyone is going really fast then there is the long steep hill he is going up, I am surprised he got this far, around Cookeville is a whole different deal.
They should have been over on US 70 which runs parallel to I-40 across the state.
Unfortunately, Bill came upon this car, so we don't know who it is or whether they will ever see this forum. I agree that it is not wise to use the interstate. However in a few lightly traveled places for short distances, it can be OK especially if there is no other way around.
Not too many options down here. Most locations are given by how far you are up the road (mile 0 is at the end roughly mile 130 is at the top) and which side you are on. Speeds range from 35-55 if you drive the speed limit you are a hazard as there are decent stretches with no passing lane. If you drive faster cops average 1 every few miles.
I know 1st hand its a bad idea. Back in the late 80s when interstate speeds were 65 my aunt was killed and uncle severly injured on I-69. Had 4 miles to go for their exit. 1919 roadster with extra lights. Rearended by a dually.
If I had to driver a T on an interstate I would be in the break down lane with more than a couple flashing lights.
Isn't there minimum speeds on most highways?
Interesting question about speed on a rural interstate...most are posted at 40mph. Gee... there seems to be a few fair questions on occasion about the speed of a Model T...consensus at times seems to be 40 mph....40 mph for a car that is basically designed to run between 25 and 30 mph.
I strongly suggest one of these battery powered magnetic strobe lights at the rear of your T:
These catch people's attention better than anything. And many drivers associate these orange strobe lights with tractors and bulldozers which really makes them take notice. If someone behind you is texting while driving these could be the difference between life and death.
Yesterday a bus driver in Montreal was filmed texting while driving, see:
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Colorado State Patrol states: Any vehicle traveling 15 mph (or more) below the posted speed limit is impeding traffic and will be cited. This is enforced on ANY roadway or highway.
I can't argue with them as slow vehicles are a serious hazard as many have stated here.
When somebody has their head down texting, all the lights in the world won't do a thing!
Mark, not so; people who text and drive do still take a quick look at the road every few seconds (unless they're drunk or drugged of course). Beauty of orange strobe light is it's very likely to catch their attention in that quick glance unlike a solid red LED rear light.
Constantine, I hope you're right - hopefully every few seconds is enough at the high closing rates involved!
So what is the speed limit on the I40 where this picture was taken?
You might guess where this is going but maybe the car hauler and the T are being held up by the semi in front? hee hee
I know the interstates are not the same as our SoCal freeways so my opinion is sort of tainted but I have to say I feel as safe or more so on our freeways with my Torpedo than some of our city streets and highways. The truck or trailer max speed limit is 55 which is not like an interstate where the limit is 80+. My T is happy all day long at 45 to 55+ and especially if there are no stop lights and Moms with quick braking to get into McD's.
I felt very safe driving a roadster on last years Montana 500 with a 99% interstate course and topped out at 72 and had to pass a car coming down from Butte.
Not every T or driver is happy at different speeds and I've been on some National tours on local highways where others were going their 25 to 30 with lots of backed up traffic and I was pretty scared at times.
Ralph RDR Ricks, RIP always used to say "You can always go slow with a fast car". He drove his T on a couple of Great Races.
Average speed this year for the M500 was almost 55 for 581 miles.
I do drive a bit closer to the right shoulder and the out of state freeways generally have nice wide shoulders which are nice.
YMMV Drive Safe and Often
Gene, the speed limit is 70 on this part but most traffic is travelling around 80/85.A bad place for a T.
Looks like he made it. Here's an article from the local news.
Jon Crane at Rochester Mich would like to purchase your packing box where do I send the bread>
There's no reason to drive a T on an interstate in Tennessee, except to cross the Mississippi, Tennessee, or Cumberland Rivers.
Tennessee sports plenty of wonderful old highways proposed and built before after the War Between the States; and many were restored beyond their glory during the 1986 Homecoming.
Even as pervasive as are the driving idiots in the state, Tennessee is a great place to tour in a T.
Dave is a member of my local HCCA "Susquehanna" Chapter, and he related his cross-country drive to us at our last meeting. He and his son flew out to California to purchase the car and immediately headed east with it. I believe they drove to Louisiana, and then later up here to PA. Unbelievably (to me, anyway), they had no major problems except for when the floorboards caught fire.
I have been on I-40 many times in new cars and heavy truck traffic is enough in ANY car!
I have seen "Minimum speed 45 mph" on some interstates. Common sense should tell us that driving a 40 mph car on a 70 mph highway is a bad idea. As was said earlier, I would use an interstate only if there was no viable option, and then for the shortest distance possible. On another topic (The Montreal texting bus driver) - he should immediately be fired. The Montreal authorities say that they cannot act on the basis of a video and must see the infraction themselves? Then I guess that if someone murders another person in Montreal and a cop doesn't personally see the homicide happen, the killer goes free? Wow!