Is the extra speed worth not making it to your destination?
I can’t wrap my head around driving quickly or recklessly. It seems strange to me that anyone would be willing to endanger their life in order to get somewhere a matter of minutes earlier. You might not think it but do the math real fast. If your commute is 10 miles. Driving at 60 miles per hour will get you there in 10 minutes. But how fast will it get you there if you crank it up to 70 miles per hour? 8.57 minutes? You’ve shaved off 1.43 minutes. According to CSG this increases your stopping distance by 84 feet.
That’s 11 of our current cars worth of additional distance you need to stop in the case of an accident. So not only are you looking at a higher speed (and thus a lower chance of surviving) but also a much smaller window to actually react and not end up in an accident.
All to shave off less than two minutes. The same amount of time you could have saved but just leaving two minutes earlier. You aren’t saving gas either. Really it’s all negatives.
This thought comes to my mind more today as we watched a car get pegged by a semi and spin out of control. Smoke billowing out from its tires. Everyone stopped and luckily it looked to only be a two car accident. But had everyone been driving that recklessly it would have been at least four or five cars. He tried to shave off a couple minutes and now will be dealing with insurance claims and reaching his destination very very late.
It might take almost 400 feet for a car to stop at 70 mph but if someone hits a wall or another car they’ll be stopping really really fast. It sure as hell won’t be 400 feet before they hit 0. If they hit something stationary they might be stopping in a dozen or two feet, whether their organs would like it or not.
Not much else to say on the topic. Drive safely. There are roads where driving fast is safe. But in places like LA there is never little enough traffic to support driving very fast (unless you happen to be in the carpool lanes, they tend to be empty since nobody is willing to be in a passenger seat I guess).