Of all the risky driving behaviors one could partake in, speeding is among the most deadly. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speeding was cited in over 26% of all traffic deaths occurring in 2017. Along with driving over the posted speed limit, which is designed with motorist safety in mind, many people also drive to fast when faced with certain road conditions, such as inclement weather.
Additionally, speeding has a wide range of effects that compromise the safety of you and other drivers. When driving at high rates of speed you have less control over your vehicle. When faced with a sudden, unexpected road hazard, your ability to stop and retain control over your vehicle is greatly diminished. Also, driving at high rates of speed impacts the ability of airbags and other safety devices. As a result, you'll be less protected when involved in a crash. Lastly, speeding often increases the severity of injuries sustained during an accident.
People speed for all sort of reasons. Commonly, this driving behavior occurs due to lateness, which is usually an issue when going to work. Speeding can also be a response to traffic. When frustration sets in many people drive erratically, usually speeding, swerving, and changing lanes suddenly. There is also a level of anonymity that people feel when in their vehicle. This causes drivers to behave in ways they wouldn't normally, such as reacting aggressively to minor slights.
If you're attempting to curb risky driving behaviors, make it a point to always drive the speed limit. If the problem is caused by lateness, wake up an hour or two earlier to beat traffic. When faced with an aggressive driver, the best course of action is to get yourself out of harm's way. Merge into the slow lane so the driver can pass when following behind. If a driver attempts to confront you, remain in your vehicle and contact the police right away.