Obeying the laws, goes without saying.
And then wrote:
I read an article about whether it's wrong to drive faster than the posted limit. That's interesting, but I don't think it's really the main concern. The main thing is to drive so that you don't give any other driver any temptation to stumble, I think. That means getting out of people's way, using your turn signals, moving with the flow of traffic, letting people merge in front of you, never tailgating, and never honking or gesturing out of anger, I think.
Do we obey the letter of the law regarding the posted speed limit? If it is sin when we exceed the speed limit I suspect none of us complies with that. Regarding the letter of the law, most drivers on the freeway here in Oregon drive 5mph or more above the speed limit. I usually speed up a bit to pass the trucks and then get back in the right lane as quick as feasible. If I don't someone will usually begin tailgating me, wanting to go faster.
One day we exited the freeway and drove the last 10 miles home on the "scenic route" as usual. Not long after exiting the freeway I noticed a state police patrol car following me, not far behind. He stayed in the same place all the way home and I thought he must have noticed something about my driving that wasn't appropriate. As we reached home and turned into the private lane that leads to our driveway he pulled in behind us. I thought I was getting a ticket for sure but the policeman only wanted to know if it was OK to go for walks on the farm land next door. He explained he had been marking the freeway so air patrols could time speeding cars. He went on to say they have no interest in cars exceeding the speed limit by an reasonable amount and are concern with tailgaters, passing on the right, weaving in and out of traffic, going 80mph, etc. Interestingly, my wife's sister got pulled over on the freeway and warned for not going with the flow; she was going too slow and was warned she was a hazard.
Perhaps the spirit of the law and love your neighbor should be our concern. When I hadn't been a Christian for long I was determined to strictly follow the posted limit and I sinned in doing so. One day I was driving on the freeway and up ahead was a single lane construction zone so traffic needed to merge into one lane. As I approached the place where the lanes merged into single lane a lady with a camper sped by me. I was determined to not exceed the posted 45mph limit in the zone which went on for several miles. I noticed a man on my tail in a pickup, apparently impatient with me. Too bad, I thought, I'm sticking to the speed limit. The lady in the rig with the camper was soon long out of sight. As we exited the construction zone the man behind quickly passed me, yelling at me as he went by. As I realized just then, he was following the lady with the camper. Obviously she should have waited for him but I could have safely driven a bit faster too; there was no work going on at the time.
The preacher at our church recently said he had just returned from a trip to Idaho and was much pleased that the speed limit in eastern Oregon had been increased to 65mph and confessed he could never stick to the speed limit, in the past, in those wide open spaces. It would be interesting to hear how many Christians can say they strictly stay within the posted limit, city, country, or freeway.