How Much Time Do You Really Save by Speeding?

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How Much Time Do You Really Save by Speeding?

Especially during the holidays, drivers seem to be in more of a hurry to get through a longer to-do list. But will speeding really shave that much time off of the clock?

AAA recently did a study and I thought the results were kind of surprising. They looked at the time it takes to make a 30-mile trip at different speeds and this is what they found:

55 miles per hour = 32.7 minutes
65 miles per hour = 27.7 minutes (5 minutes saved)
75 miles per hour = 24 minutes (8.7 minutes saved)

This math assumes you can maintain a constant speed without slowing down for traffic, signals or curves in roads. In reality, you’d probably save only 4 minutes, at best. And keep in mind, most trips are short. The average time saved on a 5-mile trip, driving 65 mph on a 45 mph posted road, is only 1.9 minutes.

Formula: Time/mph x 60 (minutes)
Example: 30/75 = .4 x 60 = 24 minutes

Speeding is involved in about 13 percent of all crashes – and 33 percent of all fatal crashes. Speeding increases the risk of a crash, because there is less time and distance available to respond. Our reaction times-about 1 second for most drivers-don’t speed up just because we are going faster.

Attention teens: Most states now have graduated driver licensing laws. That means if you have a traffic violation, you may lose your right to drive. Insurance costs could rise, and financial penalties could be steep. Is possibly saving a few minutes on the road really worth the risk?

Bottom line? Slow down and stay safe this holiday season

Three Odd Ways to Help Your Car Last Longer

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3 Odd Ways to Help Your Car Last Longer

Doing routine maintenance as directed by your owner’s manual is a great way to help your vehicle last longer, but here are three tactics you probably haven’t thought of.

Lose the Weight
No, not those extra pounds from Krispy Kreme doughnuts, we’re talking about any extra, unnecessary weight in your vehicle’s trunk. The more weight a vehicle carries, the harder the engine has to work, the more strain on the transmission and the more force that the brakes have to deal with. Lightening your load will not only improve your gas mileage, but it will help your vehicle age better.

A Little Morning TLC
You know how you’re a little sluggish before your coffee kicks in? Your vehicle’s engine is the same way. After sitting overnight, the oil settles. If you give your vehicle a quick 30-60 seconds to warm up, you’ll give the oil pump a chance to get oil moving throughout the engine and reduce the friction between engine components which will extend the engine’s life.

Wash, Rinse, Repeat
Keeping your car clean isn’t just about having it look good, washing your vehicle removes contaminants that can cause rust to form. While surface rust can be removed by sanding and repainting (which is more costly than a car wash), if it’s left unattended, rust can penetrate into your car’s frame, damage its structural integrity, and even make it unsafe to drive.

If you have questions about your car’s maintenance or need to schedule a service appointment, please call us at (866) 822-9314.