Many drivers exceed the speed limit, often without realizing it. Powerful, comfortable modern vehicles make it easy to speed unknowingly. But speed limits are put in place to protect you. Speeding endangers everyone on the road. For more than 20 years, speeding has been involved in approximately one-third of all motor vehicle fatalities, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
What causes speeding?
Speeding is a type of aggressive driving that can be provoked by traffic, running late and, sometimes, even the feeling of anonymity inside your vehicle.
How to stay within the limit
You are responsible for the speed at which you choose to drive. Here are some simple tips to keep you safe and accountable:
- Know the limit – Always be on the lookout for posted speed limit signs, especially when exiting high speed roads. If you’re unsure of the speed limit, underestimate the limit until you see a sign.
- Check your speedometer – Simply moving with the flow of traffic or relying on a ‘feeling’ isn’t enough. It’s important to check your speedometer regularly to ensure you’re not over the limit.
- Don’t get distracted – Distracted drivers are more likely to speed. Avoid using your mobile phone, eating or engaging in conversation with passengers while driving.
- Give yourself time – It’s easy to speed when you’re rushing from one place to the next. Speeding doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll get there faster, especially in urban areas. Allowing yourself plenty of drive time will help you relax and avoid temptation to step down on the gas.
Even a few miles per hour over the limit makes a difference. Follow these tips and always travel at a safe speed. For more safety tips, check out elementfleet.com/resources/tips-advice.