This thought just came to mind recently. Wonder if there are studies or opinions on this matter:
For some journey from A to B, there are multiple routes 1, 2, etc. and one route is shorter distance than the other but negated by the fact that the shorter distance requires longer driving time.
For simplicity, let’s assume we don’t have as much of a case where route 1 is steep slope driving vs flat terrain driving of route 2 (there could be some but let’s assume it’s not that significant). Nor one having a whole lot more traffic lights or street driving than the other. Kinda generalizing here.
So I was wondering under such circumstances, is taking the shorter distance long time route better for the car or the longer distance shorter time one? Or would they end up being the same due to the pros & cons? Better for car in terms of vehicle parts wear, fuel consumption, etc. Obviously mileage wise, the shorter distance is better, and time wise we know which is better, but those other factors I just mentioned aren’t as clear cut.
For another perspective to the question, assuming the time difference between routes and distance difference both are not a big factor, and one is not in a hurry or low on gas, nor does one have a preference to a particular route, nor is one route having tolls. Thus making no clear cut decision to pick a particular route off the bat, is it generally better to pick the slightly shorter distance route or the slightly faster route?
I tend to go for shorter distance to save on mileage, but I wonder if that’s not really all that ideal.