Why I don’t speed

Today while I was driving home from the fiancée’s, I was overtaken by a Kia Picanto. For those who do not know, the Kia Picanto is a relatively small car, and one that generally doesn’t (cannot, and is not recommended to) go very fast.

I had half the mind to increase my speed, which was a not-so-slow 90-100 km/h. But then I thought better about it and decided not to, and I let the Kia zoom ahead of me and into the night.

Then I started thinking about why I didn’t try to catch up when I certainly had a pretty strong inclination too (perhaps due to my occasionally pretty competitive nature). Then I realised that it was because I was already travelling at what is touted to be the most efficient speed for most cars — 90 km/h, and that going faster (or slower) than this speed would be less efficient and fuel-wasting.

And so that’s why I don’t speed.

I couldn’t help thinking how lame this was… was it really true?

When I got back, I called the fiancée and told her I sped home at 140 km/h. Pretty much the first thing she replied me was an unbelieving “yeah right”, which was followed closely by a “you wouldn’t do that — you’ll won’t want to waste fuel”.

And that’s when I realised that yes, yes it was; it really is true that I don’t speed because of that.

And that just got me thinking: what would I do if I wasn’t shackled down by a lack of resources (finances, really) and an inherent desire not to waste?

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My name is Donn, and you’ll find me working at the intersection of business and information technology, constantly looking for ways to apply IT to business and life to make things better. I’m a big fan of data analysis and its subsequent communication. It always gives me a thrill extracting meaning out of data through analysis, and figuring out the best way to present the findings for maximum impact!

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