Speed’s the name of the game.

So, I have this theory. I’ve shared it here before, but that was many years ago. It’s about car crashes and how to avoid them.

There’s tons of ways to have a collision, but fundamentally there’s only one way. To wit:

Two objects intersect the same space at the same time.

Therefore, the best way to reduce the risk of having a collision is to occupy any given section of space for as short a period of time as possible. The odds of there being another object in that exact same space at that slice of time are drastically reduced. As you drive faster you occupy any sub-division of space for less total time, so the faster you drive the less likely you are to be in a collision.


If your car is parked at Spot A, then it has a 100% chance of being rammed by any other car that attempts to occupy Spot A. If, instead, your car is zooming through Spot A at full speed, then there’s a vanishingly small chance your car will be anywhere near Spot A when another vehicle attempts to occupy that space.

Apply that logic to every individual inch of a journey, and the odds of you having a wreck at any given moment are next to nothing!

Now, there are those of you out there who are saying things like, “That’s not how logic works.” Or maybe, “You’re an idiot, Brian.”

That’s fair. But to you, I say this: make it legal for me to do, say, 90mph everywhere so I can put the theory to the test!

80mph would also be cool if there’s like a school zone or whatever. I’m not particular.