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- How does Picard choose a warp speed? 3 answers
I have noticed that the Enterprise very often travels at speeds like warp 2, 3, 5, and so on. This is especially true in the early seasons. It almost seems that the warp speed they choose to travel at is a measure of the "importance" of whatever is going on.
Is there an in universe reason why don't always travel at, say, warp 8 or 9? It seems that they could cut their travel times down significantly.
I understand that there are limits to the engine. And that travelling at the higher ends of the warp 9 scale approaches those limits. But surely there are high speeds that are not near the limits.