Some drivers believe the speed limit does not apply to them. They seem to forget speed limits are put in place to protect drivers and pedestrians from serious injuries. According to the National Highway Traffic Administration, in 2017 speeding killed 9,717 people, accounting for more than a quarter (26%) of all traffic fatalities that year.
Speeding has consequences. These consequences include:
- Greater risk for loss of control of your vehicle.
- Reduced effectiveness of occupant protection such as seatbelts and airbags.
- Increased severity of crash leading to a more serious injury.
Motorists who speed are often considered ‘aggressive drivers’. According to NY.gov, an aggressive driver is someone who operates a motor vehicle in an unsafe and hostile manner without regard for others. The most common type of aggressive driving is speeding. Speeding has become very common due to the hustle and bustle of everyday life; people often fail to realize that they are driving aggressively. To protect yourself from aggressive drivers follow these steps on the road:
- If you are in the left lane and a person speeding wants to pass you move over and let them.
- Give other drivers plenty of room, especially if they are speeding. If a driver is speeding they could potentially lose control of their car at any moment. Being close to them could put you and others in danger.
- If a speeding driver is tailgating you or trying to engage you in risky driving find a way to safely remove yourself from the situation by moving to another lane or pulling over into a safe spot.