Time Goes Slower When You’re Traveling


So on the first day, we mapped out our route from Southwest Virginia, to Evansville Indiana.  Google maps showed a reasonable 8 1/2 hour trip. Not bad, even with a 4-year-old in the car.

Of course, you all are thinking what we realized the first day.  These numbers assume you get in your car and drive continuously until you reach your destination.

2-IMG_20140527_153939777_HDRSo that 8.5 hours ballooned into a long 10 1/2 hour day. Everybody was done by the end of the day.

Luckily, Christine had the foresight to bring a number of items to keep ~A~ entertained in the car. One of those was a set of headphones where he could listen to some age appropriate audio books and music, and everyone else in the car wasn’t singing along with Veggie Tales for the fiftieth time. (I’ve been on trips like that.)

We made it to our final destination for the day and were looking forward to our next stop: Saint Louis, MO.


4 thoughts on “Time Goes Slower When You’re Traveling

      • Traveling at a speed of 70 mph for 8.5 hours, the time dilation is negligibly small. If you were somehow able to travel at one tenth the speed of light for 8.5 hours, the time seen by stationary observer would be 8.543 hours, so time did go a little faster for you (by about 2.5 minutes). The point is, you have to go really, really fast to tell any difference at all.

        Wolfram|Alpha has a Time Dilation Calculator if you want to experiment with it.

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