Dangers of Speeding
For the past 20 years, speeding has contributed to almost one-third of all fatal car accidents. Speeding contributed to 29% of all road fatalities in 2020.
Even when you are traveling at the speed limit but are going too fast for the road conditions, such as in inclement weather, while a road is being repaired, or in a poorly illuminated location at night, speed has an impact on your safety.
Speeding endangers not only the life of the speeder, but also the lives of everyone else on the road, including law enforcement officers. It is a problem that we must all work together to solve.
Beyond simply breaking the law, speeding is dangerous. Wide-ranging effects result from this:
- Increased risk of vehicle control loss.
- decreased effectiveness of occupant protection equipment.
- Increased stopping distance after the driver detects a hazard.
- Increased crash severity, resulting in more severe injuries.
- Economic consequences of a high-speed collision.
- Increased fuel consumption/cost.
What Drives Speeding?
Speeding is an example of aggressive driving behavior. Several factors have contributed to an increase in aggressive driving:
One of the most frequently mentioned contributing factors to aggressive driving, such as speeding, is traffic congestion. Drivers may respond by engaging in aggressive driving behaviors such as speeding, frequently changing lanes, or becoming enraged at anyone who they believe is impeding their progress.
Some people drive aggressively because they are “running late” for work, school, the next meeting, lesson, soccer game, or other appointment.
A car shields the driver from the outside world. Shielded from the outside environment, a driver can develop a sense of detachment, as if they are an observer rather than a participant in their surroundings. Some people may feel less constrained in their behavior when they cannot be seen by others and/or when they are unlikely to see those who witnessed their behavior again.
Disregard for Others and For the Law
Most drivers rarely, if ever, drive aggressively. Others experience frequent episodes of aggressive driving, and a small percentage of motorists engage in aggressive driving on a regular basis. Occasional episodes of aggressive driving, such as speeding and abrupt lane changes, may occur in response to specific situations, such as being late for an important appointment, but this is not the driver’s normal behavior.
If it appears that there are more cases of rude and outrageous behavior on the road now than in the past, this is because there are more drivers driving more miles on the same roads than ever before.
Dealing with Speeding and Aggressive Drivers
Speeding and aggressive driving can harm not only the speeder, but also other drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists. Here are some pointers for dealing with speeders on the road:
- If you’re driving in the left lane and someone wants to pass you, move over and let them by.
- Allow plenty of room for speeding drivers. Speeding drivers are more likely to lose control of their vehicle.
- You should adjust your driving accordingly. Aggressive driving is linked to speeding. If a speeding driver is tailgating you or attempting to engage you in dangerous driving, use your best judgment to safely steer your vehicle out of the way.
- If you believe a driver is tailgating or harassing you, call the police.
在过去的 20 年里，超速造成了近三分之一的致命车祸。 2020 年，超速占所有道路死亡人数的 29%。
- l为超速驾驶者留出足够的空间。 超速驾驶者更有可能失去对车辆的控制。
- l你应该相应地调整你的驾驶。 攻击性驾驶与超速有关。 如果超速驾驶的司机尾随您或试图让您进行危险驾驶，请根据您的最佳判断安全地将您的车辆转向让开。