Speed kills, and traveling above the speed limit is an easy way to cause a car accident. The faster you drive, the slower your reaction time will be if you need to prevent an auto accident. Most people would probably agree that going 100 MPH (160 KMPH) is foolishly dangerous and will very likely lead to a disastrous car accident. The problem is that exceeding the speed limit by only 5 MPH (8 KMPH ) in the wrong place can be just as dangerous.
That is why government agencies have determined the maximum speeds for safe travel on the nation’s roadways.
Consider this example of a pedestrian accident caused by minor or moderate levels of speeding:
A pedestrian walks out into a crosswalk with an approaching car that is traveling at 30 mph ( 48 KMPH ). If the driver brakes when the pedestrian is 45 feet away, there will be enough space to stop without hitting the pedestrian. Now, increase the vehicle’s speed by just 5 MPH( 8 KMPH ) , and the situation changes dramatically. At 35 MPH (56 MPH ) and the pedestrian 45 feet away, the car will be traveling at 18 MPH (29 KMPH ) when it hits the pedestrian. A pedestrian accident at 18 MPH ( 29 KMPH ) can cause major injuries or even wrongful death.
To prevent speeding car accidents, drivers should observe the three-second rule, no matter what speed you’re driving. This is how the three-second rule works:
While driving, pick out a sign or pole on the side of the road.
When the car in front of you passes it, count off three seconds.
The front of your vehicle should not reach the marker before you reach three.
If you pass the marker before you reach the count of three, back off and try again.
Make sure, however, the three-second rule does not take your eyes off the road because that just sets the stage for another type of car accident.
At XLM Auto Consult, we wish that more people could understand how speeding does not save them much time and only increases the danger to themselves, passengers and others. Moreover, parents are role models for their children. If a parent speeds in the presence of their teenage son or daugther, how does that parent expect their teenager to drive?
Maybe the answer is that more people should just leave early. If you are running late, it’s important to know that driving a few mph faster or impatiently tailgating other cars will not help. Is it truly worth causing an auto accident just to arrive at your destination a few seconds earlier? Be wise.