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Over 1/3 of all fatal crashes are caused by speeding. On average, speeding costs more than $40 billion in damages and over 13,000 lives a year. Driving too fast for the road you are on (or the condition you are in) as well as going over the speed limit is dangerous and deadly. While the urgency of today's workplace requires one to constantly be on the go, this is no excuse for driving dangerously or putting yourself and others at risk.
How Speeding Kills
The faster you are driving, the harder it will be for you to react - to unforeseen obstacles, to traffic lights and to the actions of other drivers. Driving the speed limit, especially during nighttime and hazardous weather, is imperative to working safely. Speeding is also dangerous because the faster you are going, the harder an impact will be. In fact, the impact from a driver going 60 is FOUR TIMES as severe as one where the driver was going 30 mph. The harder the impact, the more likely the collision will result in death.
The Stopping Distance
The stopping distance refers to the length of time it takes for you to stop your vehicle safely. The faster traffic is traveling, the more distance you will need. Most drivers today ignore this distance rule and travel way too close to the car in front of them. Or, the car behind them is riding too close to them. The only way to insure you have the time you need to stop suddenly if you have to, is to allow one car length of space for every ten miles of speed.
All driving will be complicated by bad weather. When there is rain, snow, or even high winds, your vehicle will be harder to handle and will require even more attention to drive safely. Construction is also a hazard and when you go through a construction zone you must reduce your speed. Not only will there be people moving about, there will also be cones, barriers and must likely a merge into one lane. In cities, or congested areas, driving will be further complicated by pedestrians, bicyclists, and traffic entering and exiting the road frequently. When you merge onto the interstate, or come to a place where others are merging onto the interstate, you must pay close attention and do your best to accommodate them. Slamming on your brakes can easily cause an accident.
How Speeding Costs
One third of all accidents are the result of speeding. This means they are entirely preventable. Contributing to these accidents is the use of alcohol and substance abuse. Impaired driving, combined with speeding, is a deadly combination. It reduces your reaction time, which in turn increases your stopping time. Speeding contributes to over six billion tickets a year.