Reader Question: Offroad Haulin’?

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Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!

Zane asks: Loved the off-road article you shared; now I got another truck one (here) but from a Journo from years ago. I’d love to hear your take on it. My personal experience was cruising over the speed limit with a cop on the parkway, and he didn’t react to me at all, as my truck is virtually stock right now.

My reply: Not being noticed “speeding” is the key to “getting away” with “speeding.” So I agree with the author of the R&T piece’s thesis. Armed government workers don’t generally focus on trucks as much as they do on cars – and trucks today are quicker than most muscle cars were back in the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s.

But, some caveats:

Trucks present a much larger radar target than a car and they are harder to hide than a car. If you need to get away from an AGW, it will be tougher – unless you’re in the deep country, know the backroads – and trails – and the AGW is in a slow car.

The climate today is much less forgiving of any “speeding” and given the chances of a resultant Hut! Hut! Hutting! it is advisable to be extremely prudent about it. A good radar detector is essential, obviously. Also, being focused at all times on the task at hand. It is the height of folly to drive faster than allowed in anything while not maintaining a high level of situational awareness. Eyes on the road and looking for any signs of AGW activity; recognizing the behavior patterns of other drivers and being pre-emptive about your actions when theirs suggest the presence of an AGW – etc.

I personally prefer a generic-looking sedan in a bland color (e.g., a white or silver Camry) as these blend in even better, don’t arouse the Hut! Hut! Hut! instinct of AGWs so much and – if it comes down to it – are just the ticket for losing the AGW and disappearing into the mist.

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  1. The Nissan I had was as short as they made and light blue. Driving along well above the PSL with other cars on the road, I never got picked out as the speeder although alone on a farm road I was toast. When the Passport would go off I’d hit the brakes really hard and it didn’t dive so a tiny blue pickup with no power surely wasn’t the one doing 85 or 90. SOMEBODY was going to be stopped though, most likely the sportiest car in sight.


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