The faster a car is moving, the more energy and time it takes to bring it to a complete stop. Driving at high speeds increases the likelihood that a driver will lose control of his or her vehicle. Traveling at excessive speeds greatly reduces driver reaction time and their ability to adapt to unexpected changes in traffic or emergencies.
The consequences of speeding for a driver include:
Many reasons why a driver would choose to speed include:
- Loss of vehicle control.
- Reduced effectiveness of airbags and crash safety technology.
- Decreased reaction times.
- Increased degree of crash severity.
- Increased severity of bodily injuries.
- Increased property damages and medical costs.
A driver aggravated by heavy traffic may respond by becoming aggressive. Aggressive behavior includes speeding, frequent and unnecessary lane changes, and angry or violent displays towards surrounding drivers.
The Anonymity of a Vehicle
Sitting within the body of a car can give a driver the feeling of being disconnected or shielded from his or her environment. This insulation from reality can be very dangerous, as some people may feel empowered to speed or drive aggressively as they’re unlikely to ever see any witnesses to their reckless behavior again.
Some people choose to speed simply because they’re running late and have too much to do.
Disregard for the Law and Other Drivers
The vast majority of drivers rarely speed or drive aggressively, and many never will. Many drivers, however, frequently drive aggressively and display reckless behaviors such as speeding or frequent lane changes and are a danger to everyone.
If you ever encounter a speeding driver while on the freeway, or even on your own street, it’s best to simply get out of the way. There is no reason to get involved. Do not attempt to flag down the vehicle, and don’t try to get their attention in any way. While you may feel upset as a witness to another driver’s reckless behavior, it is always in your best interest to protect yourself above anything else. However, if your safety is at risk due to a speeding driver, the best thing to do is call 911 and request assistance.