Nearly every driver speeds at one point or another. In fact, many drivers see the speed limit as too slow. Rather than using it as a limit, they use it as the basis for a faster speed.
Generally, going a few miles per hour over the speed limit doesn’t significantly increase danger. That said, it’s important to know why speeding is dangerous before making the decision to break the speed limit.
Why is speeding dangerous?
Speeding is dangerous because it limits a driver’s ability to be aware of and react to unexpected events. Loss of control, diminished protective equipment capacities, and greater impacts are all common consequences of speeding.
More concerning, speeding was a factor in a third of car accidents and 26% of traffic deaths in 2018.
To keep your drivers safe, share the following information to remind them why they should maintain safe speeds on the road.
1. Losing control of your vehicle
Driving at high speeds, especially on wet/icy roads or through turns, can quickly cause you to lose control. The faster you go, the harder it is to stop. What might have been a minor correction at 40 MPH can cause a rollover when you’re going faster.
More importantly, speed limits are set based on the road ahead. If the law calls for a slower speed, it’s wise to obey.
2. Reacting more slowly
As a driver, you always have to expect the unexpected. Animals running into the road, tires blowing, and other vehicles driving recklessly are all-too-common occurrences. In the moment, however, they’re often the last thing you expect.
Along with affecting your vehicle’s velocity, speeding can alter the effectiveness of your:
- Reaction time
- Vehicle’s response time
Without that extra time to avoid or slow before the obstacle, you may end up in a nasty situation.
3. Increasing your stopping distance
The faster you drive, the more distance you need to stop. You may, for example, be able to avoid a pileup while going the speed limit. If you were speeding in that same situation, however, your increased reaction time and stopping distance could end badly.
4. Causing greater impacts
When a vehicle hits an obstacle, it’s speed goes almost instantly to 0. The passengers inside it, on the other hand, continue traveling forward at the original speed. Traveling faster increases the forces and danger you face in an accident. It puts more stress on safety features and worsens the injuries you face. To minimize the severity of crashes, keep your speed low.
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