Everyone knows speeding significantly impacts fuel economy, but did you know that, depending on the size of your engine, every 5 mph over 60 mph you go causes a corresponding drop in fuel economy by 7 percent or more?
According to a story on sibling website Cars.com, fuel economy is just one of the issues that can have a major impact on our lives when speeding; other issues include overall safety, insurance costs, speeding tickets and more. Let's not forget that many state and local law enforcement agencies use speeding tickets as a form of revenue generation.
Thankfully, our compatriots at Cars.com have shared relevant data from personal-finance website WalletHub.com about which states are strict and soft when handing out speeding tickets. Of course, the best advice we can give is to obey all posted speed limits and adjust those speeds as weather conditions dictate, especially if towing.
Here are the top five states in both categories.
5. New Mexico
3. South Dakota
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