Speeding Wrecks Lives: The Dangers of Driving Too Fast

New data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that nearly one-third of all traffic fatalities are due to speeding. Drivers ages 18-44 are most likely to be involved in speeding-related fatal crashes.

The Dangers of Speeding

Speeding puts everyone at risk. That includes people in other vehicles as well as pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists. Speeding-related fatalities increased 8 percent from 2020 to 2021, according to NHTSA data. The estimated number of individuals injured in speeding-related crashes increased by 7% during the same period.

Drivers in speeding-related crashes also tended to engage in other risky behaviors, such as drinking and driving or not wearing a seat belt. Speeding is dangerous for everyone. It reduces your ability to steer safely around other vehicles, objects, or even unexpected curves. It extends the time it takes to bring your vehicle to a stop and increases the risk of a crash.

Driving too fast also affects safety even when you’re driving the speed limit but it’s too fast for the road conditions. Bad weather, road work, or poorly lit areas at night all deserve extra caution.

How to Deal with Speeding Drivers

If you’re in the left lane and someone wants to pass you, move over to let them by. Leave plenty of space between yourself and a speeding driver when possible. If a driver is tailgating you or trying to get you to engage in risky driving, safely steer out of the way.

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