The Reality of Speeding
Everyday millions of Americans drive on the freeways in California. Of those drivers, approximately 100,000 are given a ticket for speeding. Besides the 100,000 that were given tickets, there were nearly 10,000 traffic fatalities that were related to motorists speeding.
Why it matters
- The time it takes you to get to a destination is based on average velocity not instantaneous velocity.
- For someone who is running five minutes late for an appointment that is 30 minutes away at 65 mph, he/she would need to drive at an average speed of 78 mph. (This means you would have to travel at a significantly higher velocity to account for slower cars, entering/exit the freeway and stoplights.)
Can You Apply It?
Using the information provided above, answer the following questions.
- Why is it unrealistic to think you will get to your destination on time if you are running late in the scenario described above?
- If your average velocity for the first half of a trip is 30 mph and 20 mpg for the second half, what is your overall velocity?
- How much faster would someone reach their destination if they increased their average velocity from 50 mph to 60 mph on a 30 mile trip?