Speeding is a major cause of car accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that in 2020, there were 11,258 deaths due to speeding. 29% of that year’s traffic fatalities involved a speeding driver.
With this in mind, it is important that drivers are aware of the factors that cause speeding, as well as the risks.
Why do drivers speed?
People may speed up if they are late for an appointment or if they want to get somewhere early. If there are other cars on the road and traffic is moving slowly, some people may feel pressured to speed in order to get moving. Some drivers also speed to get through a light that is about to turn red. There are even people who speed just to get a thrill or because they want to push their car to its limits.
What are the risks of speeding?
When a car is traveling at a high rate of speed, it is difficult for a driver to control the car. A speeding car can easily veer into another lane of traffic or crash into another vehicle. Also, when someone is driving too fast, the force of the crash is likely to be higher than when someone is driving at a lower rate of speed.
The consequences of speeding are very serious. There are many ways to get from one place to another without pushing the car too hard. If more drivers take the right precautions, they can mitigate the risk of accidents on the road.