Speeding is a factor in nearly thousands of fatal crashes every year in Zimbabwe. And speeding is easily preventable. But despite this clear danger we can easily avoid, drivers continue to speed and drive well over the speed limit every day, causing serious accidents and fatalities.
As a driver, what can you do about speeding? The first step is understanding just how dangerous speeding is: Your crash risk increases incrementally for every km per hour over the speed limit. We’ve included statistics to illustrate the deadly risk you take every time you speed.
But knowing why you shouldn’t speed is not enough. To be truly safe, you’ll need to know how to keep your speed in check and stay safe even when others around you are speeding. That’s why we’ve shared important tips for reducing your risk of danger from speeding.
With this guide, you’ll learn everything you need to know about how dangerous speeding is — and the steps you can take to avoid becoming a victim of excessive vehicle speed.
Why Drivers Speed
If speeding is so dangerous, why do people continue to speed? There are several reasons, but the most prevalent one is that they simply don’t believe in them — and they don’t think they’ll get caught. Understand the motivation behind speeding here.
- They don’t believe the speed limit is necessary
- They don’t think they’ll get caught
- They want to reach their destination quicker
- They feel confident in their driving skills and believe they can safely drive above the speed limit
- They don’t care about traffic laws
- They are impatient or in a bad mood
- They don’t realize their driving is dangerous
- They’re not monitoring their speed
- They want to drive their fast car
- Traffic flow is going faster than the speed limit
- They don’t know the speed limit
- They’re driving aggressively
- They feel pressured to keep up with other drivers
- They don’t want to be behind you
Tips for Reducing Your Danger of Death or Injury from Speeding
Speeding is dangerously deadly, but we don’t always realize we’re doing it. You may get distracted or simply caught up in the flow of traffic before you realize that you’re speeding along at a high rate. Follow these tips to avoid speeding and become a safer driver.
- Use cruise control: Using cruise control can save you effort and energy while maintaining a more consistent safe speed. Cruise control keeps your vehicle at the speed you set it at. While it’s not useful for surface streets or traffic, cruise control can be invaluable if you’re on a long road trip, especially if you need to watch your speed.
- Give yourself time to drive: Speeding often happens when drivers are running late or are in a hurry. It’s not always easy, but leaving a few minutes early or at least on time can alleviate your stress and make it easier to avoid feeling like you need to speed to make it on time. Are you already running late? Before you head out, call or send a text message to let them know you’re late so you’ll be more relaxed.
- Note speed limits wherever you drive: It’s all too easy to go with what feels comfortable and not worry about what the speed limit sign says. But speed limits are set with safety in mind, factoring in safety and road conditions. Make sure you’re paying attention to and following speed limits.
- Don’t keep up with speeders: Even if you’re obeying the speed limit, others may not. Resist the temptation to keep up with them and avoid letting them influence your driving habits to get you to go faster. Simply let them go around.
- Don’t be intimidated by tailgaters: Some speeders will even ride your tail in an attempt to intimidate other drivers into driving faster. Don’t let this happen. Keep a safe speed and allow speeding tailgaters to go around you, or move over to a right lane so they can easily pass you on the left.
- Keep an eye out for speeding vehicles: Speeders going faster than you and especially more quickly than the flow of traffic are a dangerous factor on the road. You’ll need to watch out for them and be on high alert for hazards any time you notice a speeding vehicle. It’s best to avoid them and stay out of their way as much as possible.
- Be mindful of the music you’re listening to Hard rock or fast-paced music might encourage you to drive faster than you should. Listening to classical or light music can help you slow down.
- Drive a slower car: If you’re driving a performance vehicle, you’re probably predisposed to speeding. But in a slower car, faster speed simply doesn’t come as quickly, making it easier for you to manage your speed.
- Stay with the flow of traffic: Generally, traffic flows at a safe rate and it’s best to stay at about the same speed as everyone else. Of course, if everyone else is severely exceeding the speed limit, it’s a good idea to slow down and let them pass.
- Always stay aware of the situation: If traffic is slowing down ahead of you, there’s probably a good reason. You should slow down, too, avoiding any hazards up ahead.
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