Being aggressive and speeding behind the wheel not only makes your driving dangerous, but it jeopardizes the safety of others who share the road with you.
- Being in a rush to get to your destination can lead to accidents, traffic stops, and some serious frustration. At least 1,500 people are seriously injured or killed in aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) crashes.
- For every 10 mph you drive over 50 mph, you double your chances of death or serious injury or death. Last year exceeding the posted speed limit or driving at an unsafe speed was the most common error in fatal crashes.
- In the last 3 years, nearly 40% of all Missouri road fatalities were speed related.
How much time do you really save?
The dangers of speeding far outweigh the travel time saved. Choosing to exceed the speed limit or drive too fast for traffic, road, vehicle, or driver conditions can result in not just a speeding ticket, but serious injury or death.
Do the math: If the speed limit is 60 mph, and you’re driving 70 mph, after driving for one hour, you will have only gained 10 miles – or 9 minutes.
Aggressive driving can also lower your gas mileage by 33% at highway speeds and by 5% around town. Each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is like paying an extra 25 cents per gallon for gas! Sensible driving is also safer for you and others, so you may save more than gas money.
You can be safe avoid aggressive driving in many ways: leave a little early and allow extra time to get to your destination, be patient and courteous while driving, and maintain a safe distance from the vehicle ahead of you.