Speeding And Tips To Avoid It
Speeding is very tempting to us as drivers. Something about all that power under that hood makes it easy to test the limits of our automobiles.
If you’ve never gotten a speeding ticket, you’re either an extremely cautious driver or you’re simply better at flying under the radar of law enforcement.
Speeding is one of the most common traffic violations that people engage in. About 112,000 drivers on average are ticketed for going too fast each day. Drivers have roughly a 1 in 6 shot at getting nabbed for speeding.
Almost 41 million speeding tickets are issued in the U.S. each year, which comes out to about 1 each second.
Common Reasons Why People Speed
- Running late for appointments, work, school, and other obligations.
- Engaging in distractions like texting, talking on a cell phone or conversing with a passenger.
- Thrill-seeking by driving at fast speeds, which causes a driver to neglect his or her own well-being and the safety of others.
- The driver’s age, as motorists age 29 and younger are at a higher risk of being involved in a speed-related crash.
- Driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol, which significantly impairs your judgment and senses and may cause motorists to engage in risky driving behaviors or make them unaware of how fast they are driving.
- Encountering slow-moving or backed up traffic, which may prompt drivers to speed to make up lost time.
The Dangers of Speeding
There are several dangerous things that can occur when a driver travels at an unsafe speed, such as:
- Losing control of the vehicle.
- Reducing the effectiveness of the vehicle’s occupant-protection features.
- Increasing the amount of distance needed to safely stop a vehicle.
- Reducing the driver’s reaction time.
- Increasing the severity of an auto accident and the resulting damage and injuries.
Tips To Avoid Speeding
- Relax before driving. Being anxious or angry can make you drive more erratically. Maintaining control is key to resisting the urge to speed. Before you start your vehicle, relax by taking some deep breaths. Focus on the road and let go of negative, emotion-laden thoughts.
- Leave earlier so you don’t rush to your destination. Many people speed because they feel like they’re running late. Don’t put yourself in a situation where you feel pressured to get to work or an appointment on time. Give yourself plenty of time to get to where you need to go.
- Use the cruise control option to set a speed. Cruise control is useful for straight, open roads that many people are tempted to speed on.
- Pay close attention to the speedometer. Occasional glances at the speedometer will keep you in check. Take a quick look down to see how fast you’re going. Adjust your speed accordingly. The act of looking forces you to stay engaged instead of zoning out and driving by instinct. Remember to keep your glances brief so your eyes stay focused on the road.
- Figure out the cost of speeding. Mentally calculate how much that ticket will cost you. Going faster burns more fuel and causes more wear and tear to your vehicle. The cost may not just monetary, think of the cost in lives. Your speeding is a risk to yourself, your passengers, and everyone else on the road.
- Burn off your need for speed in a safe setting. Racing games give you a chance to go fast without putting everyone at risk. Find these at arcades or on home computers and game consoles.
The Speeding Takeaway
As motorists often deal with a number of distractions and fast-paced traffic while driving, many find it easy to exceed the speed limit. However, speeding is preventable.
Drivers should always be aware of their speed when on the road and make adjustments in high effort areas or bad weather. Drivers should be alert and aware of what is going around you and ensure that there are safe distances between vehicles.
Breaking the speeding habit can be tough but learning to slow down a little can save you money, injuries and potentially even your life.