In this day and age, speed is important. The world that we live in now, will be slow compared to what’s going to happen in the future. But we want to see the change and we want to be here when it comes. So there are times when speeding can get dangerous.
We are used to things happening quickly, when it does not we can become irritated. So yes, there are disadvantages and advantages to speeding.
So because of this, it is important to remember that when behind the wheel you are responsible for controlling speed.
For every 1mph, you reduce in average speed crash rates fall by 5% on average. This must be a great thing when slow is much better than speed.
If you are on the road so much as you are when driving for work, such as professional drivers and on the road the majority of the day, they and you are at much more of a risk of being involved in a Road Traffic Collision or being the cause of one. There was an estimated 1,748 people killed on the roads in 2019. There was over 1,700 killed in 2016, this works out at nearly 5 people a day. Having not much different from back in 2016, this shows that we need to increase education on the roads.
We need to put more training into those who drive for work. Businesses need to take driving for work more seriously, we currently see after the Covid-19 pandemic we are coming through into an economic recession, that businesses are taking massive decisions that will have a big impact on them later. I see HR personal and Fleet managers being made redundant. This is not the time to be letting these staffs go who keep pushing for safety on the roads.
So if you are a director and looking at your staff and trying to consider should you let go of the staff that monitor health and safety, also considering stopping paying for training as a way of saving money. I consider you not to put staff and drivers lives at risk!
Here are some statistics and things for you to be mindful of when it comes to safety and speeding on the roads.
Accident statistics show that if a pedestrian is hit by a car at 40mph, they are 90% likely to be killed, if they are hit at 20mph they have a 90% chance of living.
Keep checking your speedometer, often checking will keep you at the correct speed because in 2015 222 people were killed in a crash that involved someone exceeding the speed limit.
You hear it on the TV and radio ads. The speed limit is a limit, not a target, some roads may not be safe to travel on at the posted speed limit, for example, country roads have a national speed limit that is 60mph, that limit may be too high for safety, the bends, the camber, the hill or the weather conditions, these will all affect your speed, let’s go back to 2015 when 167 people died from someone travelling to fast for the conditions.
‘Do people only speed on country roads?’ The Psychology of Speeding
NO, on 30mph roads in built-up areas 45% of car drivers exceed 30mph. On motorways it is nearly half, that’s right 46% of drivers exceed the limit of 70mph with 11% going faster than 80mph.
You should adapt your driving style following every factor you are driving in. Drivers need to be aware that braking distances, how a vehicle handles in every vehicle will vary considerably, all depending on the load, speed and conditions.
Be the smart driver. Aggressive driving on urban roads and built-up areas rarely saves you any journey time, so drive smooth and it will save you time and money and save a life.
Never be in a rush, leave with plenty of time to avoid speeding. Plan your route and ring if you are to be late. Take it easy out there on the roads. I am sure your customers and your family would much rather you arriving there safely than not.
Know your limits.
Do you know your limits, whilst there is no such thing as a safe speed, but cutting speed, driving defensively, observing the speed limits will mean that every single one of us will do our bit and play our part in reducing road casualties and improving road safety. When you think of speed limits we do know them, or do we? What are your excuses for speeding?
Should we be getting so reliant on the technology in our vehicles? Speed limiters are designed to reduce incidents. How do they work? they limit the maximum speed of a vehicle by restricting the fuel supply to the engine. Like on HGV’s they have a limiter set to 56mph not letting them to the 60mph limit set for HGV’s. This does save fuel in the larger vehicles, much more so needed due to the higher mileage they travel.
So overall, there are bad and good aspects of speeding however know your limits! Driving fast can cause accidents, cost someone’s life or even your own, so be smart!
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