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Four Facts About Speeding That Will Slow You Down

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The road sign reads 55 mph, but you’re anxious to get to your destination and decide to drive 65 mph. “What’s the big deal,” you say to yourself. “It’s only 10 miles faster.” The big deal is this—every 10 mph increase in speed doubles the risk of a crash.

This is just one of several facts EMC Loss Control Manager Jim Harms stresses during his safe driving courses. “Despite advancements in technology, the best defense for speeding is to stress the importance of safe and timely delivery, not speedy delivery,” explains Jim.

  1. The incidence of speeding may actually be higher than reported. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), speeding is a factor in 31 percent of all fatal crashes. However, the actual number may be much greater. A crash is only recorded as speeding-related if the officer notes it.
  2. The faster you go, the harder it is to slow down. Speeding reduces your ability to react quickly to traffic hazards because you are covering more ground in less time. This means the distance necessary to slow or stop your vehicle increases the faster you travel. At 55 mph, a vehicle will travel 121 feet before beginning to slow. As speed doubles, stopping distances quadruple. By driving within the speed limit, you give yourself more time to react to what’s happening around you.
  3. Speeding does not save you that much time. For a 10 mile trip and a posted speed limit of 50 mph, you will save a couple minutes for every 10 mph you travel over the speed limit; however, you also will double your risk of dying in a collision. Are the extra minutes saved really worth the risk?
  4. Speeding costs you money. Every 5 mph over 60 mph costs you an extra $0.24 per gallon of gas. Speeding tickets in the United States can cost $150-$1,000. Speeding violations add points to your driving records in some states, which could result in a suspended license. According to the NHTSA, crashes where speed is an issue cost society more than $40 billion annually.

“What can you do to change the speeding mentality of many drivers on the road?” asks Jim. “The best answer is continued education and communication,” he stresses. For resources such as online training, videos and safety program templates, visit the Fleet and Driver Safety page in the Loss Control section of the EMC website.

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