How much time does speeding really save you?

(NC) — Imagine you're late for a wedding. The ceremony is 25 kilometres away and you've only just pulled out of your driveway. You peel around the corner, accelerate hard to get you up to 120 km/h and hope like heck you make it.

Actually, even a slight reduction in travel time doesn't compensate for the added fuel consumption and cost. For a typical 25 kilometre trip going 120 kilometres per hour vs. 100 kilometres per hour, you'll only save two and a half minutes of time but you'll use about 20 per cent more fuel.

So ask yourself: is the time you gain really worth the extra fuel costs and environmental emissions, not to mention the potential for a traffic fine or, worse yet, a speed-related collision?

Source: Natural Resources Canada,


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