Without a doubt, vampires can run faster than any car on Earth. But still they use cars during emergency situations when comfort has a low priority. Why?

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    I've never read TVD, so this is a comment rather than an answer. In some vampire storylines, using any supernatural ability (rapid healing from a gunshot, say) uses up some of their stored energy/life force/blood. If it's an emergency, a vamp might need that stored energy for something else - like fighting (or healing, etc). Better to burn up some gasoline and save the more valuable resource. – John C Feb 23 '12 at 13:24
  • @JohnC You're projecting emergency situation on vampires (During such situations, they really run away by own). Look at this: Vampire's GF has been kidnapped & she may be killed anytime. – 11.01.11 Feb 23 '12 at 13:56
  • Sachin Shekhar, and yet, in the checkmarked answer, vamps are worried about looking conspicuous - either running at 60 mph, or carrying multiple people. Must not be much of an emergency... :) As to the kidnap scenario, what if the kidnappers are stronger than the vamp? He might need a little extra stored energy. It's a risk either way. – John C Feb 23 '12 at 19:29
  • @JohnC Such energy problem is never presented in TVM.. Vampires don't run out of energy in a small event. The big problem --for example-- is here: Vampire is not allowed in home.. So, a human faculty can help to force home owner for it.. – 11.01.11 Feb 23 '12 at 21:07

Out-of-universe, cars are easy, look good, require little to no post-production effects to pull off, and can pull off some cool moves in-frame. Cars also allow for relatively easy exposition or dialogue scenes as the actors don't have to mime running while not showing exertion and while having a normal-volume conversation.

In-universe, cars are less conspicuous than someone running at highway speeds, they can be used to transport humans in a slightly more protective shell than simply being carried (and so as a corollary look less ridiculous than an actor loaded down with more then one human), and they require less mental and physical exertion by the vampire; while a vampire CAN run, they may need some or all of their faculties for other things.

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