Sensible Speeding…

03 Feb

I might sound like a grumpy old guy on this one. But, I couldnt help but notice this obvious fact that we all violate at some point of time or the other. So, my conscience wanted me to bring this topic up to the podium. It is about driving. I always thought that, passing all the cars in a road would mean that I am going to reach the destination much faster than others. But, when I did some simple math, it was obvious that I was wrong, especially comparing the risk to benefit trade off.

My reasoning stems from a basic comparison between driving at 75mph on a 65mph highway. Let us say we have to travel 25 miles, it would take 20 minutes if we drive at 75mph and 23 minutes if we drive at 65 mph. This is assuming the fact that there is no one slowing down the freeway, which is almost always the case. You can make the calculation for other numbers and surprise yourself..:)… If you travel a very long distance, the minutes difference could be sizeable. Still, remember that speed is always limited by the slowest vehicle on the road. If everyone is doing a higher speed, thats a different story. If you do a simple risk to trade-off analysis, it doesnt make much sense to drive fast when you are travelling to a nearby destination. You are not saving any time. If you drive fast just for the heck of it, to keep your adrenaline pumping, thats a different story as well.

It is also a universal fact that higher RPMs translate to higher energy consumption. So, if you are pressing hard on the accelerator when the light turns green, you are not necessarily translating all that power generated to useful purpose. Higher RPMs are bad for the engine and tires (if you produce one of those smoking effect). I dont hate speeding. I just think we should do some sensible speeding. That way, we are not putting our lives or others at risk.


Posted by on February 3, 2006 in From AM-KICKING blog


6 responses to “Sensible Speeding…

  1. Calm & Serene

    February 3, 2006 at 6:09 pm

    Plus….you qualify for a good credit score in the long run, and spend less on insurance!

    Plus…you can drive at peace without having to glance for a cop car in the rearview mirror every few minutes!

  2. Mindframes

    February 4, 2006 at 7:04 pm

    I wasnt aware of the relationship to credit score..Can u shed some light…

  3. bumblebee

    February 6, 2006 at 3:01 am

    That is truly ideal. But not all things ideal are easily achievable.

    I found this topic about speeding tickets is very hard to talk about to friends and suspect they would be very judgemental. So, this admission is definitely a first! I got 2 tickets within the same month. It slowed me down only for a while. After that I couldn’t care less about the points on the insurance or the life of my engine or for that matter the fuel consumption. The only thing that is a real concern is my losing control and hitting somebody. For that reason, I believe I must drive responsibly. Music helps me relax and drive safe. So does talking on phone (hands free).

  4. BrainWaves

    February 6, 2006 at 12:33 pm

    I vividly remember the times when we (our Author included) used to drive carefree averaging 90mph. Once touched arrestable speed of 120mph in Grandcanyon road.

    Now, I even lost the habit of watching for cops. I hardly touch 70mph. I miss that schumaker-racer part of me once in a while. But most of the time, I am happy I have one less thing to worry 🙂

  5. Mindframes

    February 6, 2006 at 8:17 pm

    Those are the good ol’ days… For the most part, I dont do high speed driving unless I have to uphold truth and wisdom in the midst of some of the mentally challenged drivers in the freeway..:)

  6. IamwhatIam

    February 7, 2006 at 12:58 am

    Mindframe, I agree with what you are saying. I generally don’t speed BUT there are some exceptions. If some one cuts in front of me, I don’t mind speeding to over take them. When I am in the first row in a red light, sometimes I don’t mind speeding when the light turns green to show that I can drive faster than the others. But I dont speed like crazy just 5 or 10+ the speed limit. Is that even called speeding?


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