(NC) We've all been overtaken by speed demons or put the pedal to the metal a little too hard once in a while. But does speeding really save time? Is it worth wasting gas just to get somewhere faster?
Think of it this way:
At 120 km/h, a vehicle uses about 20 per cent more fuel than at 100 km/h. On a 25-km trip, this spike in speed and fuel consumption would cut just two minutes from your travel time. For example, if it takes 10 dollars' worth of fuel to drive a certain distance at 100 km/h, it would cost 12 dollars to travel that same distance at 120 km/h.
That's like throwing a Toonie out the window every 100 km.
Safety is also a factor considering that high-speed driving is more dangerous because people behind the wheel have less time to respond to hazardous situations.
When it comes to fuel-efficient driving, avoiding high speeds is the most fuel-efficient and cost-efficient way to drive. Not to mention that it will help keep our roads safe, protect the Earth from excessive greenhouse gas emissions and put money back in your pocket.
There are more fuel-efficient driving tips on the NRCan website at www.vehicles.nrcan.gc.ca.