When you travel faster than the speed limit, your chances of being involved in an injury-causing or fatal crash increase significantly. The faster your vehicle is traveling, the more force there is when you collide with another vehicle or object. Speed limits aren’t chosen randomly or simply for police officers to write tickets—they’re chosen based on road conditions, traffic patterns, and safety considerations.
If you frequently speed when you drive, here are a few tips to ensure you drive at or below the speed limit:
- Use cruise control—Although not recommended in inclement weather, cruise control can help you avoid speeding because it automatically maintains the speed you set. The next time you’re on the interstate, setting your cruise control for the posted speed limit means you won’t have to worry about getting a speeding ticket.
- Drive in the right lane—Driving in the left or middle lane can make you more likely to speed, as you’ll be concerned about keeping up with the flow of traffic. And just because other drivers are speeding doesn’t mean you should, too. Driving in the right lane allows you to comfortably observe the speed limit.
- Leave home early—Many people speed because they’re running late. But when you give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination, the temptation to speed is significantly reduced.