Put the pedal to the metal on these highways

By Nate Owen

America's love for speed is well known. But that love has been replaced by sensibility, as Americans are traveling slower then they did a year ago, says Cars.com, citing a report from a company that tracks GPS data.

Of course, slower speeds equals greater fuel economy and less cash at the pump.

But speedsters are still out there, as these five stretches of roads can attest to.




 

5. Arizona State Route 77
Northbound out of Tucson to the AZ-76/Redington Road interchange near San Manuel Airport

Average speed of fastest 5%: 81 mph
Top speed clocked by INRIX: 81 mph
Length of corridor: 4.8 miles

4. Eastbound MI-5 Michigan Highway
Heading into Detroit from the I-275/I-96 interchange to Telegraph Road

Average speed of fastest 5%: 81 mph
Top speed clocked by INRIX: 83 mph
Length of corridor: 4.9 miles

3. California State Route 73
In both directions between Moulton Parkway and Bear Street

Average speed of fastest 5%: 81 mph
Top speed clocked by INRIX: 85 mph
Length of corridor: 14.8 miles

2. Oklahoma State Highway 33
In both directions just Northwest of Oklahoma City

Average speed of fastest 5%: 83 mph
Top speed clocked by INRIX: 87 mph
Length of corridor: 24 

1. Northbound Arizona State Route 79
Between Saguaro National Park and Phoenix

Average speed of fastest 5%: 88 mph
Top speed clocked by INRIX: 94 mph
Length of corridor: 17.6 miles

 

It's not readily apparent how this company is tracking the speeds, but I find it hard to believe that no one broke the century mark.

Not that we're advocating pushing triple digits, but a long straightaway in the middle of the desert? You gotta believe more then one person has gone for a joy ride down those stretches.

Check out the full report over at Cars.com.

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