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Why are drivers likely to speed?

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According to the NHTSA, in the last 20 years, one-third of car fatalities have occurred because of speeding. When a driver speeds, it not only endangers his or her life but endangers the safety of all other drivers and passengers on the road.

Increased speed leads to an increased potential for losing vehicle control. In many cases, speeding is a form of aggressive driving.


Every person understands the panic of being late for work or an appointment. When late, you may feel tempted to speed to ensure you make it to your destination on time. The problem with this line of thinking is you have a higher likelihood of not arriving at your destination. Many drivers feel anonymous when behind the wheel. They may consider themselves an observer rather than a participant. When you do not see yourself as a participant, you may feel less restricted in your behavior.

Bad traffic

Many people attribute speeding to traffic congestion. Drivers may change lanes at high speeds to try to beat the congestion. Try to stay calm when trapped in traffic. When it comes to poor traffic, speeding is aggressive behavior. Often, drivers become angry with anyone in their way.

If you encounter another driver speeding, be wary of how you respond. Give speeding drivers space. Going over the speed limit is more likely to cause an accident and you do not want your vehicle to become mixed up in it. If someone tries to pass you, let the person go by. Instead of engaging in risky driving, steer away from those who speed or tailgate.

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