Posted on: Aug. 15, 2017 in Driving, Safety

According to, 95% of motor vehicle collisions are caused at least in part by human behavior. Many accidents could be prevented if drivers were more careful, paid more attention, never drove under the influence, and slowed down.


Speeding in particular is a major factor in many accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that in 2015, nearly 10,000 people were killed due to speeding. Speeding leads to an increased risk of losing control of the car. Injuries from a car crash that involves speeding are often more severe due to the increased velocity on impact. Drivers need a longer distance to stop while speeding yet often have less time to react when they are driving too fast. However, many drivers feel they are in control of the car and that because they are good drivers, they will avoid a collision. Sadly, this just isn’t always the case.

AAA provides some interesting numbers:

  • Driving at 55 mph rather 80 mph will only cost an additional 1.6 minutes on a 5-mile trip.
  • For a 10-mile trip, you only save 1.4 minutes by driving at 70 mph instead of 60 mph.
  • Driving 65 mph instead of 80 mph will only add 2.7 minutes to a 20-mile trip.

Clearly, driving faster doesn’t often equate to a large amount of time saved. The risks involved do not seem to be worth it. If you never make it to your destination, speeding doesn’t really help at all.

Slow down – it’s safer for everyone.

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