For most people, the truth is that there will be one time or another when they choose to speed. Maybe they’re in a rush because they got up late, or perhaps they have to pick up a sick child from school. Whatever the reason is, picking up speed to get to the destination faster seems like the natural thing to do.
Unfortunately, speeding can lead to serious injuries and deaths when left unchecked, which is why there are speed limits today. High-speed collisions are more likely to lead to catastrophic injuries or death.
Why is speeding dangerous?
Speeding is dangerous for a few reasons. Some include the fact that:
- High-speed crashes are more likely to be fatal
- Braking distances are increased, so it may take two or three times longer to stop that you think
- Perceptions change at higher speeds, so drivers may make maneuvers that aren’t right for the situation
- There is a greater risk of a loss of control
Despite these serious reasons to avoid speeding, people still do it.
What are the factors that lead to speeding?
Some of the factors that lead to speeding may include:
- Running late for work or school
- Feeling anonymous behind the wheel and more likely to take risks
- Disregard for the law
- Disregard for others
- Traffic congestion
- Road rage/aggression
Speeding is a serious problem that can result in charges for reckless driving. For that reason, all drivers should stay under the speed limit at all times, even when passing or making a maneuver.
What can you do if you’re approached by a speeding driver?
If you are approached by a speeding driver, there are a few things you can do. If you’re in the left lane, move over and let them pass.
If the driver is being aggressive or approaching quickly, try to move out of the way to give them space. If they are tailgating you, slow down over time and attempt to pull over. Give them plenty of notice using your turn signal or hazard lights.
Finally, if the situation is getting to be too dangerous, call 911. The police can stop the driver if they are following or harassing you.