How long is 1 mile driving?

I’ve started doing some delivery driving for a little extra income, and I want to get better at estimating my travel times. How long does it take to drive one mile?

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Answer provided by
Holden Easterbrook
Answered on Jan 24, 2022
Congratulations on the new job! Delivery driving is a great way to add some extra wiggle room to your budget—not to mention an opportunity to catch up on podcasts or audiobooks!
How long it takes to drive one mile depends on the rate of speed you’re traveling. To figure out how long a delivery will take you, all you need to do is a little math based on your average speed.
Since the speed you drive is measured in miles per hour (mph), an easy way to estimate travel time is to compare your average speed to a single hour. For example, if you’re driving 60 mph, that means you’ll travel 60 miles in one hour, so it’ll take just one minute to travel one mile.
Here are a few other examples:
  • 15 mph = 1 mile every 4 minutes
  • 30 mph = 1 mile every 2 minutes
  • 45 mph = 1 mile every 1 minute and 22 seconds
Because most roads have a speed limit between 25–60 mph, you can expect to take between 1–2.5 minutes to drive a single mile.
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