Whether you are going over the speed limit because you are in a hurry or you are speeding excessively for the thrill you get as the road rushes by, you are putting yourself and others in danger and you are breaking the law.
Speeding, by definition, is simply driving faster than the speed limits that are posted for that area or driving faster than road conditions allow. It is arguably the most commonly broken law and many people don’t think twice about speeding when they are late to get to an appointment or work.
It’s not a harmless rule to break, though. There are many dangers that go hand-in-hand with excessive speeding, and if you are unlucky enough to break the law and get caught, you are going to have to face the consequences. Sometimes those will be monetary fines, but other times they could be something dangerous.
5 Dangers of Excessive Speeding
- There is always the obvious danger of crashing. Statistics show that at least one-third of fatal automobile accidents were caused by speeding drivers. In fact, speeding was only topped by accidents caused by drivers under the influence of alcohol in this category.
In addition to fatalities, there are over 600,000 injuries a year due to excessive speeding, resulting in thousands of lawsuits filed by injured parties through personal injury attorneys like Derrick Law Firm.
- Excessive speeding can be costly. If you are caught speeding, you could be looking at a speeding ticket of at least $150. Excessive speeding can even be as much as $1000 for your ticket. On top of your fines, you will be assessed a bad driver penalty that will require you to pay to go to school to get the points off of your license or will increase your insurance premiums every month for years.
Excessive speeding does not pay – but you will if you are caught doing it.
- You could lose your license. The more violations you have, the more points you have on your license. You are only allowed to accrue so many points within a time period before your license is suspended.
- Speeding increases your gas bill. Something counterintuitive to most people’s thinking is that when you speed, you are actually losing gas rather than saving it. Highway mileage versus local mileage makes most people think that the faster you go, the better your gas mileage, but this is not true.
Once you hit speeds in excess of 60 mph, your gas mileage actually drops. This is due to the aerodynamic drag that is created by a vehicle in motion – the faster the motion, the more drag. More power is needed to push through the resistance when you are speeding, making your engine work harder and simultaneously burning more gas.
- It is easy to lose sight of road conditions. Dangers such as curves in the road up ahead, slowing or stopped cars, or even pedestrians on the side of the road can be hazards that you miss when you are speeding. Even if you see them, your reaction time may not be quick enough to avoid losing control of your car or missing the obstacle.
Speeding is Not Only Dangerous, It is Illegal
It’s easy to follow the “everyone else is doing it” bandwagon approach to speeding, but the fact remains that you are the one who will have to face the consequences of your own choice to speed. It’s dangerous and it’s illegal, and if you are lucky the only cost you will have is financial.
If you’re unlucky, you may have to live the rest of your life with the knowledge that you injured, or even killed, someone. Is that extra speed worth the risk?