How long does it take to drive 1,000 miles?

My friends and I want to take a road trip this summer, but the destination we have in mind is pretty far away. How long will it take for us to drive 1,000 miles?

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Answer provided by
Holden Easterbrook
Answered on Mar 03, 2022
Long road trips with friends are a great way to make memories, but be sure to not let them distract you while driving!
The time it takes to drive 1,000 miles will depend on the kind of roads you’re on. However, you can expect to be in the car for somewhere between 14 and 18 hours. For a better idea of your travel time, see which of these road types matches the route you’ll take on your trip:
  • Interstate—the average speed limit is 70 mph, which makes for a little more than 14 hours to travel 1,000 miles
  • Multi-lane divided highways—65 mph average speed limit, over 15 hours in the car
  • Other roads—55 mph average speed limit, around 18 hours in the car
Of course, you should always plan to spend more time on the road than just the time it takes to drive the distance. Between bathroom breaks and stops for food, you can expect to add at least an hour or two to your overall travel time. With all that time on your hands, why not use some of it to find cheaper car insurance with Jerry?
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