At the end of the day, we all probably speed a little bit. But is speeding worth the risks? The answer is no, and here’s why.
Speeding is not worth it over a short distance. According to ABC News, the average commute for an American is 32 miles, round trip. In other words, most of the time, all we do is drive short distances.
If you drive 45 mph (averaging over interstate and intra-city driving) for those 32 miles, it will take you about 43 minutes to get to and from work. If you go 55 mph, it will take you 35 minutes. That’s only 4 minutes each way. Most people would agree that it is not worth the legal cost.
Speeding tickets can cost anywhere from $150 to $300. But that doesn’t include the time it costs you when you were actually getting pulled over and the time you spend driving over to your municipal court and waiting in line to pay the fine. The inconvenience alone hardly makes speeding worth it.
But it isn’t just about pure economics either. If you are going faster than the flow of traffic, this means you are forced to pass other drivers much more than usual. This weaving type of driving makes you less visible to other drivers. Generally speaking, drivers don’t hit drivers they see. Speeding is unsafe.
We speed because, intuitively, it seems like it’s a risk worth taking. But when you weigh in all of the factors, it’s just not worth it.