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

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