Every time a person gets behind the wheel, they take on a significant responsibility. One of the most important aspects of responsible driving is obeying speed limits.
Speeding might seem thrilling, but it comes with serious dangers that can have lasting consequences.
Loss of control
When a motorist drives at a high rate of speed, they are more likely to lose control of their vehicle. High speed reduces reaction time, which makes it harder to respond to sudden obstacles or changes in traffic. Imagine trying to stop a car abruptly while going 20 mph over the limit – it is much harder to do without risking a collision.
Increased stopping distance
Speeding drastically increases the distance a vehicle needs to come to a complete stop. The faster a person goes, the longer it takes for the brakes to slow down a vehicle. Should a pedestrian suddenly cross the road, or should a car suddenly stop, the driver might not have enough time to avoid a collision.
Greater impact and injury
Along with its impact on vehicle operation, speeding also increases the risk of serious injuries. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 29% of all driving fatalities occurring in 2021 involved speeding. When a car collides with an object or another vehicle, the speed of the vehicle determines the force of impact. This greatly increases the risk of injury to all motorists.
Speeding can also reduce a person’s ability to see the road and react to hazards. High rates of speed cause the field of vision to narrow, which then makes it difficult to see pedestrians, cyclists or other cars coming from side streets. A lack of visibility significantly raises the risk of accidents, especially in complex traffic situations.
Speed limits ensure safe driving
Road conditions often determine speed limits, meaning the posted speed limit is the maximum for safe driving. That is why all drivers must remember that speeding is not just a violation of the law – it is a serious threat to your safety and the safety of others on the road. When everyone obeys speed limits, the road becomes much safer for all involved.