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Tire Franchise Puts American’s Average Travel in Perspective

NASA voyager scale

Americans drive 3 trillion miles a year. Just how far is that, really, Tire Franchise asks…

When NASA announced in late 2013 that its Voyager 1 spacecraft has completely exited the solar system, it got the Big O Tires franchise thinking about scale. According to NASA, Voyager 1, which was launched in 1977, is traveling into interstellar space at 38,610 miles per hour. We wondered — if you could combine all the miles that Americans drive, how long would it take to catch up with Voyager?

About a day and a half. Specifically, it would take 1 day, 10 hours and 21 minutes, give or take a few seconds, to exit the solar system thanks to the stupendous amount of driving Americans do every year.

Voyager is about 11.7 billion miles from Earth, according to NASA, which sounds like an incredible distance until you see data from the Department of Transportation, which shows that Americans drive 3 trillion miles a year. That’s more than 8.2 billion miles a day!

That incredible statistic illustrates why the tire industry is so strong, and why tire franchise Big O has been able to build a strong and growing brand for more than 50 years. There are about 240 million cars on the road in the United States, and American drivers annually spend $250 billion on tires and auto services.

Big O Tires franchise owners provide a top-rated customer service experience that draws customers in and earns repeat business for decades. The training and support systems provided by Big O to tire franchise owners has helped set the brand apart.

“The group of guys who started this company gave me my success — they gave me a plan and a set of procedures to follow that made me successful,” says Joe Happel, a Big O Tires store owner in Louisville, Ky. “It continues to work, and it’s getting more advanced. We have access to more information than you can possibly imagine thanks to the guys at corporate.”

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