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What impact does speeding have on driver safety?

Being a good driver entails being courteous to others and always following traffic laws. One law that is often ignored is the speed limit, which many drivers disregard as they travel the roads and highways of Mississippi. While breaking the speed limit might not seem like a big deal, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration explains why it’s so dangerous. 

People speed for many different reasons. Lateness is commonly cited, whether a person is on their way to school, work, or some other obligation. Many people also complain about traffic congestion, which causes delays. Keep in mind that even if you don’t personally speed, others make it a habit. Speeding is among a group of aggressive driving behaviors that greatly increase the risk of an accident, while also making any injuries sustained that much worse.

One look at recent statistics shows why this is such a big issue. In 2017 26% of all traffic deaths were linked to speeding. Additionally, over the course of two decades speeding has been a contributing factor in one-third of traffic deaths that have taken place. When you drive at a high rate of speed you have less control over your vehicle. You’re also less likely to stop your car effectively if you notice an unexpected road hazard. 

So, what can you do to reduce your risk? Firstly, always obey posted traffic signs. During storms and other inclement weather, reduce your speed to suit the driving conditions. If someone is behind you in the passing lane, move over to let them pass, don’t increase your speed to accommodate the other driver. If you’re behind a speeding vehicle, leave plenty of room. That way you’ll have time to react in the event of an accident.

 

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