The NHTSA says that speeding contributes to 10,000 deaths in the U.S. every year. They reported that speeding causes one-third of all traffic fatalities, and that many drivers still admit to speeding despite the well-known dangers.
Many Americans understand that speeding is very dangerous and increases the risk of getting into a car accident. Almost 50 percent of drivers surveyed said speeding is a serious concern on the road, according to the National Survey of Speeding Attitudes and Behavior.
The survey also found that more than one-quarter of drivers surveyed admitted to speeding. Some drivers said they end up speeding without realizing it, while other drivers said they like driving fast. While many drivers know the dangers of speeding, the survey found a shocking finding on certain drivers who speed.
The survey found that 16 percent of those surveyed said the speeding is not dangerous for experienced drivers. This is a little surprising as speeding is always a dangerous activity regardless of who the driver is. Speeding makes it more difficult for drivers to monitor their surroundings and adjust their driving depending on traffic and road.
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Speeding is just as dangerous as distracted driving, drunk driving and drowsy driving, and it increases the chances of being in a car crash. Drivers should be aware and follow the posted speed limit at all times to reduce the risk of being in a car accident. Safe driving behaviors like not speeding will keep the road safe for everyone.
Source: Automotive, “NHTSA Finds Speeding an Issue on U.S. Roads,” Megan Stewart, Dec. 13, 2013