Basic Speed Law
Driving is fast paced. There is a lot going on around your vehicle that needs to be taken into account. That’s why speed limits are important. They tell us a safe speed to travel at in a given area. However, sometimes even the posted speed limit is not safe. This is where the Basic Speed Law comes into effect. The Basic Speed Law tells us to not drive faster than is reasonable and prudent under the current conditions. That means you need to take into account everything going on in your driving environment and decide what the safest speed is. Otherwise, you could find yourself with a ticket.
When determining what a safe speed should be, some things to consider are:
- How’s the weather? Is it a clear day? Is it raining?
- What time of day is it? Is it daytime or nighttime?
- How’s the flow of traffic? Is there traffic congestion?
- Are there pedestrians? Is there a lot of foot traffic or children playing nearby?
- Are you sharing the road? Is there a bicyclist on the road?
- What’s the road like? Is the road wet or dry? Narrow or wide?
Don’t Lose Your Cool This Winter
The holiday season is a stressful time of year for many, and the roadways may get more congested than ever. Frustration and anger can make for some nasty driving behavior, so if you’re feeling like steam is about to blow out your ears, TrafficSchool.com has 5 pointers for maintaining your calm to avoid becoming an aggressive driver (and to avoid a ticket!)
1) Relaaaaaxxx – taking slow, deep breaths and concentrating on your breath can help calm down angry feelings. Listening to a calming CD can also curb agitation. Or put your favorite music on to make your car time more enjoyable.
2) Drive the speed limit – fewer accidents occur when vehicles are traveling at or about the same speed.
3) Find alternate routes – You may find a route that is less congested, more enjoyable, or at least a nice change from your usual everyday trips.
4) Take advantage of public transportation when you can and avoid dealing with traffic altogether!
5) Just be late. If you are not going to make it to your destination in time, just accept that you will be late. Simple as that. Better to arrive late safely than to put yourself and other drivers at risk.
When kids are present, School Zones are Slow Zones. Here’s some simple advice to keep the kids, and your driving record, safe:
- When entering a marked school zone, your foot should be covering the brake pedal and your eyes scanning the road. You know how kids can be: they’ll jump out of nowhere and run across the street when you least expect it.
- Regardless if it’s a school day or not, when children are in sight, school zones require you to follow the posted 25mph or slower speed limit. For example, if it’s a Saturday night at 10pm and you are in a school zone when kids are present (maybe a school dance just let out), you still need to adjust your speed and obey the slower school zone speed limit.
When you slow down for children, you not only make yourself a safe driver, you also help alert other unaware drivers who may not see the obstacles you see. When they see you slowing down, their driving intuition will kick in and they will follow your safe-driving lead.