First off, to solve this problem we need to determine the rate at which Maria was traveling. If Maria drove 696 miles in 12 hours, we can divide 696 by 12 to determine how many miles Maria travels per hour:
696miles/12hours = 58 miles/hour
Next, we can determine how long it would take for Maria to drive 522 miles. If she takes 1 hour to drive every 58 mile segment of the trip, we can divide 522 miles by 58 miles to determine the number of 1-hour segments there are in her long trip. In other words, dividing 522 by 58 will tell us how many hours the 522 miles trip will take.
522miles/58 = 9 hours.
The finals answer to the question is that it would take Maria 9 hours to travel 522 miles at the same rate.