No Speeding Please
Due to less traffic on the roads in the last few months, more citations for excessive speed have been issued throughout the US. Even with less traffic, speeding motorists put themselves at greater risk. Speeding can lead to loss of vehicle control. Speeding increases the potential for more last second braking which increases the risk of a collision. Traveling at higher speeds mean less reaction time to respond to other collision factors, like other motorist’s driving errors, equipment failure, and poor roads. In addition, a crash at higher speeds will have a greater force of impact than at lower speeds. So even though an open road may be tempting you to drive a little faster, please continue to take your time and get to where you are going safe and sound.
In 2012 roughly 92 people died in motor vehicle crashes each day according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 30% of these deaths involved speed-related traffic crashes.
Speeding is generally viewed as dangerous driving behavior, but this doesn’t seem to keep 75% of drivers from speeding regularly. The most common forms of speeding are driving too fast for the conditions, driving above the posted speed limit and racing. For every 10 mph over 50 mph that a vehicle travels, the chance of death or serious injury doubles.
Most of the time, we are speeding to save time. The truth is we don’t save as much time as we would like to think. If you were traveling at 65 mph over 20 miles instead of 55 mph you would save only about three and a half minutes! And if speeding doesn’t lead to a collision, you may still end up with ticket which is a whole other set of problems to deal with.
So, next time you’re tempted to put the pedal to the medal, ask yourself… “Is it worth it?”
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Today’s Three Seconds: Traffic Ticket Control
Traffic Tickets: You dread them. There’s the humiliation of being pulled over, the steep ticket fine, your tarnished driving record, and increased car insurance rates. Fortunately, most states will allow you to take a Defensive Driving or Traffic School class to ‘hide’ your citation from the public and your insurance company, saving your insurance rates from skyrocketing. Not necessarily a reason to celebrate, but fixing your ticket will no doubt alleviate some of the financial burden of getting pulled over.