I mentioned on an earlier post that I have placed my car insurance with By Miles who record my journey mileage and charge for our insurance on a per mile basis. This is now active and I’ve discovered an unexpected bonus from its use.
This is simply the amount of information that it records about each of my journeys. Some people may see this as an invasion of my privacy, but I prefer to see the advantage in the parameters of each journey being recorded.
The details captured and available for view on the iPhone App for each segment of the journey are: the date, the time started and finished for each part of a journey, the milage, the maximum speed attained, and the average speed. It also provided a map of my route, presumably in case I forget where I have been.
Each segment of the journey is measured from switching the engine on up to the moment it is switched off. It is therefore necessary to add the segment times, and mileages together to find the overall journey details.
The following is a screen dump from my iPhone app.
An analysis of a recent return tour from our storage site near Peterborough in the East of England to Ham Farm near, Dursley in Gloucestershire in the West, on mixed types of main roads totalling 327 miles for the return journey. It took a total of eleven and a quarter hours of towing, spread over five days as we meandered from site to site, and resulting in an average speed of only 29 miles an hour. That in spite of each segment showing a maximum speed very close to the legal maximum.
When the time for esential comfort breaks, which averaged about 20 minutes every couple of hours, are added in then the average drops much further.
This suggests to me that I should assume a more realistic average of perhaps only 25 mph when planning such routes in future, even though that does seem a rather sedate rate of progress. Then again perhaps I need to face the fact that I have reached a rather sedate stage of my life.