Learn how to prevent yourself from speeding in 5 steps
When you speed, you are not only putting your life in danger but the lives of others that use the road. Learn how to prevent yourself from speeding in 5 steps.
One of the leading causes of crashes and road fatalities is speeding.
Not only can breaking the speed limit land you a hefty fine (or a couple of nights in jail) but it can harm yourself and other drivers.
To decrease road fatalities and make the roads a safer place, we need to be aware of the dangers of speeding and know steps to take to control our speed on the road.
Let’s take a look at some of the dangers speeding presents.
Speeding – The dangers
Speeding is not just about exceeding the speed limit but also about driving too fast for certain road conditions. Speed limits exist for a reason and a very good one at that.
Many drivers believe that if they speed, they will arrive at their destination sooner. However, it is never worth it to speed. The fact of the matter is that speed kills. When you’re driving faster, you have less time to stop and less control over your car. What does this mean? Crashes.
You need to ask yourself – is it really worth risking your life and the lives of others on the road just to arrive at your destination a few minutes earlier? You would never purposefully hurt another human being but by speeding you will.
To decrease the number of fatalities on the road, we need to learn how to control our speed and take the necessary steps to prevent speeding from taking place. Let’s have a look at 5 steps you can take that will help you in the prevention of speeding.
5 steps to prevent speeding
- Plan ahead/leave earlier
- Calm your nerves beforehand
- Keep an eye on your speedo
- Understand the dangers
- Pay attention to signs
Preventing speeding is one of the most selfless and wisest things that you can do. Let’s take a closer look at these steps and how you can use them to avoid speeding on the roads.
Plan ahead/leave earlier
As we mentioned earlier, a primary reason that people speed is to arrive at their destinations earlier. However, if you plan in advance and leave earlier, the need to speed won’t exist. An added bonus by leaving earlier means less traffic.
Try to plan your day in advance. Even if that means waking up a little earlier everyday until you find a time that you’re happy with. Make leaving at that time part of your daily routine.
Calm your nerves beforehand
Ever heard the saying “Driving and emotions don’t mix”? Well, it’s true and here’s why: driving when you feel nervous, annoyed, upset or angry can all cause you to speed. Emotion clouds your judgement and ability to drive. As humans, our emotions are a strong driving factor and influence our ability to be in control.
Before your drive, take a breath and calm your nerves. Try your best to separate yourself from any emotions you might be experiencing and channel your focus to the task at hand – driving safely.
Keep an eye on your speedo
It’s difficult to know exactly how fast you’re going without looking at your speedometer. Often times, drivers fail to watch their speedos and end up speeding.
A good way of preventing this from happening is by making a habit of regularly checking your speedo. Not only will it help you to stay conscious of your speed, but it will also help you in associating your speed with the sound of your engine; making you more cognizant and aware.
Understand the dangers
One of the most effective ways of preventing speeding is by becoming aware of the dangers. Many drivers aren’t fully aware of the true dangers of speeding. The hard truth is that speeding increases the amount of road fatalities. It is very uncommon that someone walks away from a high-speed car crash.
Come to terms with the dangers of speeding and realise that driving fast can cause people to lose loved ones.
Pay attention to signs
No one can remember every sign on the roads they drive. Which means that no one knows the speed limits off by heart.
Get into a habit of reading street signs wherever you drive. Different areas have different speed limits and if you don’t pay attention to the signs, you’ll have no idea what the speed limit is.
At the end of the day, speed kills. We need to remember just how dangerous speeding can be and to take the necessary steps to prevent ourselves from speeding. After all, your Renault KWID design was not made for speed.
The road isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, so become familiar with the above steps, slow it down and stay safe.