# How do you calculate average speed?

##### 1 Answer

Jun 25, 2015

#### Answer:

You divide **total** distance by **total** time.

#### Explanation:

So if it takes you two hours to travel a distance of 100 km, your average speed is 100/2=50km/h.

It doesn't matter whether you travelled at a constant speed of 50 km/h, or went faster part of the trip and slower during the rest of the time. It doesn't even matter if you stopped for a refuel or a bite to eat.

Total distance divided by total time = average speed.