It’s fun when you’re behind the wheel, music blaring through the radio, and you’re laughing with friends. What isn’t fun is when a police speed gun catches you off-guard with you not realizing that you’re already speeding. A police car will chase you and you’ll acknowledge their presence by stopping and giving them your license. Did you know that every day, about 112,000 drivers are given speeding tickets?
Some people just get lost in the moment or are in too much of a hurry to realize that they’re going way beyond an area’s speed limit. In this article, we’ll talk about why speeding is dangerous for you, your passengers, and the pedestrians around you, as well as ways to avoid doing it again.
Risks of Speeding
Limited time to react accordingly
When a driver is speeding, their vehicle is closing the gap between other cars in a matter of milliseconds. If the preceding vehicle comes to a screeching halt, you as a speeding driver, won’t have any time to react and, worse, you may swerve your vehicle into a direction where a collision is possible.
Unable to handle or manipulate the vehicle
Notice how you face difficulties swerving or even stepping on the brakes of the car when you’re already caught up in a high-speed drive? Due to this instance, your ability to guide the vehicle into its appropriate direction is compromised.
Increased possibility of collision and crashes
Yes, you may have a braking system that responds effectively and when necessary. However, the laws of physics might suggest otherwise when you are speeding. The friction between your tires and the road becomes limited because of the velocity. Thus, the power of your brakes won’t be able to stop the car at the intended moment.
Bring harm upon others
When you’re on the road, it is unlikely that you’re in it alone. Hundreds of thousands of cars are in American highways at any given time of the day. Thus, when an accident occurs because you’re speeding, you’re not only risking your life but that of others as well.
How can I avoid speeding?
It all comes down to a driver’s sense of awareness and carefulness on the road. Most of the time, it is not about his skills but in his acknowledgment of responsibility. Either way, practice the following things when you’re on the road:
Observe and follow the set speed limit
Speed should always be monitored especially in areas of high-foot traffic such as schools, churches, pedestrians, and other highly-populated areas. The same goes with following the flow of the traffic and the intersection.
Avoid driving in a hurry
The most common reason drivers are speeding is because they are in a hurry. When driving, give yourself ample time to operate in a reasonable manner instead of rushing through every intersection and going through red lights.
Slow down to important road signs
One of the many fool-proof tricks to check whether you are speeding or not is if you can read every sign that your vehicle passes through. If not, then you’re going way too fast. Chances are, you’ll be informed of the prevailing road signals and traffic regulations.
Keep an eye on your speedometer
Unless it’s a given that you’re driving with a broken speedometer (which you shouldn’t in the first place), take a moment to look at your current speeds. Make it a habit to look down every 3 minutes or so. In this manner, you can monitor your speed and adjust when necessary.
Tragically, 26 percent of road fatalities are caused by speeding as well. Remember, when you are in charge of the steering wheel, faster doesn’t mean that it’s safer.