Four Facts About Speeding
While no one wants to get a speeding ticket (for obvious reasons like an increase in your auto insurance), the real risk of speeding is the threat it poses to the safety of everyone on the roads. Did you know that nearly one-third of all fatal car crashes involve drivers who exceeded posted speed limits? Below you’ll find four facts about speeding that will make you think twice the next time you hit the accelerator.
Exceeding posted speed limits accounts for nearly one-third of all fatal car crashes. Next time you are rushing to get somewhere and find yourself speeding, consider the following facts from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
1. Don’t Let Low Traffic Fool You: Speeding-related fatalities are twice as likely to happen in rural areas as they are on urban streets. In fact, only 12 percent of speeding-related fatalities occur on Interstate highways.
2. Ten Miles Per Hour Makes a Difference: The probability of death or a debilitating injury doubles for every additional 10 mph when a vehicle is traveling 50 mph or faster.
3. Wear Your Seatbelt: One in three drivers killed in car accidents are not wearing safety restraints.
4. Talk to Your Teen: The likelihood of fatality in a speeding-related crash is highest for divers in their teen years. Young men are particularly at risk. They have twice as many fatalities from speeding when compared to women.
If you still aren’t convinced about the risks of speeding, click here to see more speeding facts.