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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Victory Speed Limit

Dr. Seuss Cartoon from 1942.
I knew that U.S. citizens on the home front made many sacrifices during World War II to assist the war effort.  Rationing limited access to practically every consumer product, including food and clothes.  I was not familiar, however, with the "Victory Speed Limit."  The National World War II Museum blog explained that to save both gas and rubber, the national speed limit was essentially capped at 35 MPH. 
Beginning in May of 1942 and ending in August of 1945, a nationwide speed limit of 35 miles per hour was instated. The “Victory Speed” limit was instated in order to reduce gasoline and rubber consumption. The slower people drove, the less gas and rubber they would need. This nationwide speed limit was called “Victory Speed” in order to make Americans more accepting of a lower speed limit, as this speed limit was instated everywhere from big city streets to rural highways.

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