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Dear Cop: Check Speedometer

Dear Cop
Is there any way (barring getting a speeding ticket) that a person can check the accuracy of their speedometer if they suspect it is out of whack?

Answer From Dear Cop
You would have to contact local mechanics shops to see if they have a "dynamometer". This device can measure speed, rpm's and some can measure horsepower of a vehicle. This is the only true way to check the accuracy of your speedometer. If you have changed the size of tires on your vehicle, this can and probably will effect the reading on the speedometer.

Constable R.A.(Richard) ASELTON
Central Okanagan Traffic Services - Media Liaison
Kelowna R.C.M.P. Detachment
350 Doyle Avenue, Kelowna, B.C.
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About the Author

Tim Schewe is a retired constable with many years of traffic law enforcement experience. He has been writing his column for most of the 20 years of his service in the RCMP.

The column was 'The Beat Goes On' in Fort St. John, 'Traffic Tips' in the South Okanagan and now 'Behind the Wheel' on Vancouver Island and here on Castanet.net.

Schewe retired from the force in January of 2006, but the column has become a habit, and continues.

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