It is never safe to speed and most people know that – yet most people admit to speeding at least some of the time. Why? Because many people do not realize that they are speeders. Below are four types of speeders that were determined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Do you fall into one of them? If you do, then you are putting yourself and everyone else on the road at risk of a car accident.
- Speed-Zone Transition Speeders
- Incidental Speeders
- Casual Speeders
- Cruising Speeders
- Aggressive Speeders
This involves speeding up around the area in which speed zones change. For example, some drivers speed up well before the actual transition, while others drive the legal limit but do not slow down once the speed limit as gone down. These types of speeders generally do not speed for a long time at once, generally speed on lower-speed roads, and are less likely to admit to speeding.
These are the most common types of speeders. They speed for short distances but often do so at a very high speed. They could be passing a vehicle they do not think is driving fast enough, racing another vehicle, or engaging in other dangerous behavior.
This is another common example of speeding. It is similar to incidental speeding as described above, but it generally involves speeds fast enough that the driver was very aware they were speeding. It may include aggressive driving, passing behavior, and other non-persistent types of speeding.
These are drivers who speed for a long time at once. The fact that it happens for a longer period of time means that accidents and serious injuries are more likely to happen to these drivers. It is also true that this type of speeding is more likely to happen on high-speed, controlled access roads, which does help because it means that the chance of unexpected hazards coming up are less likely compared to a residential or rural street.
These are often considered to be the most dangerous type of speeder because they are both driving too fast and are not using their common sense. Aggressive drivers tend to speed at high speeds for a moderate amount of time. They also have a high level of speed variability, which means they may drive excessively fast for a period of time and then slam on their brakes to drive less than the speed limit just to aggravate other drivers around them.
This type of driver is the most dangerous and riskiest driver. While certain stereotypes exist about who is most likely to be an aggressive driver, studies have shown that people of all ages and genders can driver aggressively.
There is no way around it – speeding kills. The faster a person is driving, the longer it takes them to stop, which means the higher their chance of being involved in an accident. Additionally, crashes at high speeds are much more likely to be deadly or involve serious injuries.