We all speed from time to time, whether it’s because we’re running late for a meeting or because our foot gets a bit heavy on the gas pedal without us realizing it. Whatever the cause, most Americans drive somewhat faster than the posted speed limit at some point in their life. Even traveling a few miles over the speed limit, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), can result in a vehicle collision.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speed was a factor in 28 percent of all fatal incidents in the United States in 2020. In that year, about 9,000 individuals were killed in speeding-related accidents. Because speeding is a decision made by drivers, each of these tragedies might have been avoided.
The hazards of speeding
It’s thrilling to drive a fast automobile, but it’s also hazardous. Speed limits are not set at random or arbitrarily; they are established by traffic engineers based on road conditions, the surrounding region, and a variety of other considerations. When you drive too fast, you put yourself and others in grave risk.
You will find it much more difficult to keep control of your car if you are speeding. You’ll have fewer opportunities to remedy errors, and you’ll require more stopping distance in an emergency. Consider this: if you’re driving 65 mph in a 45-mph zone and the light turns red, it’ll be much more difficult to stop in time and will take a lot more distance to do it than if you’re driving 45 mph. If you’re driving 65 mph, you’re far more likely to run the red light or skid through it than if you’re doing 45 or even 50 mph.
Going over the speed limit lowers the efficacy of safety devices like seat belts and airbags, as well as increasing the risk of more serious injuries, including death. On the practical side, speeding increases the quantity of gasoline your automobile uses as well as the amount of wear and tear it experiences.
Speeding is especially difficult during bad weather
Speeding may also be risky when the weather isn’t cooperating. While snow and ice are uncommon in California and Arizona, other weather conditions such as fog, rain, and even dust can impair your ability to drive safely. Uneven roads, poor illumination, and other conditions may necessitate driving slower than the official speed limit. In these conditions, exceeding the speed limit can lead to accidents, especially if the road is slick and you lose control of your car.
Going above the speed limit is ultimately not worth the danger. Plan ahead of time so you don’t have to rush. Take your time and leave a few minutes early. By adhering to the speed limit, you may minimize your chances of being involved in an accident and enhance your chances of arriving at your destination safely.
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