Speeding vs Snails Pace The Dangers of Both
In the UK, almost as many as four in five road users confess to routinely exceeding the speed limit, according to a survey published in 2012. Even looking back three years ago, people admitted that speed limits needed updating, perhaps to accommodate for the surge of traffic that continues to hit UK roads as more and more people get behind the wheel. However, with so much emphasis on keeping your speed safe, depending on the conditions at that time, we often forget about another danger until were stuck behind them; motorists that simply drive too slow. Of course, there are dangers associated with each, which have been listed below.
Speeding The dangers of speeding include:
- Reduced reaction time
- Decreased stopping distance
- Increased risk of injury in an accident
- Less control over the vehicle at high speeds
Driving too Slow
Of course, there will be times when you need to reduce your speed significantly, such as in congestion or if you're a lorry travelling down quite a narrow road, in order to stay safe. However, when driving on roads like motorways and the like, moving too slow can be a serious risk.
The dangers of driving too slow include:
- Increased risk of accidents: For example, if a driver is travelling too slow, a motorist looking to join via a slip road at a higher speed has less time to assess and deal with the situation, which could potentially cause an accident
- Distraction: driving too slow may indicate a distracted driver, which poses a risk of an accident and could lead to risky manoeuvres on the road
- Temptation: When stuck behind a snail-pace driver, we could be tempted to perform a hazardous move in order to overtake, which, again, increases the risk of an accident