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Speed Thrills, But Kills

Updated on May 25, 2019

Accident is defined as an unexpected and undesirable event, a mishap unforeseen and without intention that usually results in harm, injury, damage or loss.

Some accidents are collisions and crash that could have been avoided in the first place. And one major cause of these accidents is OVER SPEEDING.

Speeding saves very little of time and is one of the biggest killers on our highways and roads. It increases the chance of having a crash, of having serious injuries, disabilities or death to the person involved in the accident.

Consequences of driving over the required speed limit:

  • This will increase the chance of being involved in a crash
  • Driver may have less time to react to avoid a crash
  • Will require a greater distance to stop the vehicle and avoid a crash
  • Will increase the severity level of injury during a crash
  • Can also result in reduced engine life and catastrophic failure

Self-confidence does not guarantee anyone that they will not get into accidents. We always read, see and hear on the news that because of over-speeding someone got killed leaving a mourning family and love ones behind.

Below is a safety data statistics about the saved time in driving at different speeds.

Study the data and see the difference of racing with time or taking it slowly and reaching your destination safely:

Safety Statistics

What does the safety data statistics means?

For example you're going on a place 100 km away. We'll put 120 as our reference speed limit. Let's see how much time you will saved when you gain speed above 120:

  1. When you drive your vehicle at 160 instead of 120 km/hr.
    Saved time: 12 minutes only.
  2. When you drive your vehicle at 180 instead of 120 km/hr.
    Saved time: 16 minutes only.
  3. When you drive your vehicle at 200 instead of 120 km/hr.
    Saved time: 20 minutes only.

See the difference? It’s only 12, 16 and 20 minutes but when accidents happened, those 20 minutes saved time will not be enough to cover all the time you will spend in medical treatments.

Think of these questions before you decide to over speed:

  • Do you want to sacrifice yourself, your family, a loved one or anybody else for the sake of saving this 12 or 16 or 20 minutes?
  • Do you want to be the cause of permanent disability of others because of careless mistake of over-speeding?
  • Do you want to deal with medical and treatment fees because you want to race with time?

Slow down... speed kills.

Please drive carefully
Please drive carefully

Come to think of it, why do we over speed and put ourselves and everybody at risk when in fact, we don’t save enough time. There are so many innocents people killed on the road because one driver have the 100% confidence to over speed thinking they will not involved in any accidents.

If people would just take it slowly, reduce travel speed and follow some simple rules on the roads and highways, so many lives could be saved and any permanent disability could be avoided. Well, some of those few simple rules are just basically common sense. Slow down for your own and everybody else's safety. That's the number one rule.

Please let us always be careful and understand how dangerous it is when we over speed… not just to ourselves but to others too who will be involved if a collision will take place.

Remember: Speed thrills, but kills. The faster you go, the bigger the mess.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Life Under Construction


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    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

      Life Under Construction 

      8 years ago from Neverland

      thank you nighthag.. it's funny to think we're overspeeding yet you still have to wait for others on the next stoplight.

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      K.A.E Grove 

      8 years ago from Australia

      I always find it amusing to watch the speeder hover to take over, speed off out of sight only to find myself behind them five minutes later at the same traffic lights or some nonsence.

      Great hub!

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

      Life Under Construction 

      8 years ago from Neverland

      Girishpuri, thank you for supporting this 'slow down, save lives' hub of mine.

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      Girish puri 

      8 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Very much thought provoking and insightful hub, i agree, it hardly saves any time and if we start 10 - 20 minutes early we can avoid any untoward incidence, very good hub, voted up and share. unknown spy

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

      Life Under Construction 

      8 years ago from Neverland

      Oh you're such a darling. thank you for sharing :)

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      8 years ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet.

      Very interesting and informative hub voted up useful and shared.

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

      Life Under Construction 

      8 years ago from Neverland

      hi Teaches! yes, i think you're right that time chart should be included so as they know that speeding doesnt really save enough time. as my mom always told me, if you want to reach your destination safely and on time, dont speed. people who got into accident really dont want to be late but instead, they ended up into different destiantion.

      I see you have an "A" mark.Congrats!!!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      8 years ago

      I do pray we listen and learn! It is amazing that no matter how fast you go, you really don't save that much time -- great chart information. This should be included in driver's ed courses.

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

      Life Under Construction 

      8 years ago from Neverland

      @ Jamie, KJF

      Sending you this big thanks for reading and leaving a message on this article.

      kj, i think it's not necessary to put sensors on cars when they approach school's a basic common sense for drivers to slow down on school zones...

    • kj force profile image


      8 years ago from Florida

      unknown spy..thank you for bringing this to can never be said enough....

      So many lives lost due to speed...and it's not always the drivers ! Why hasn't someone come up with a gauge on the car that automatically reduces the speed when in school zones ? a sensor ?...

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      8 years ago from Reno NV

      This hub is very important and should be read. Thank you for possibly saving lives. Jamie

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

      Life Under Construction 

      8 years ago from Neverland

      Tammy, Dwachira, Nancy, J(osh), Kashmir, Jo, Brave, Ruby, Faith, Mhatter:

      Guys, thank you all for reading and taking in all the thoughts in this hub. I hope that people will always be aware of the consequences of speeding and save lives. Thank you all for reading.

      Thank you for the votes, and for the shares :)

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      Martin Kloess 

      8 years ago from San Francisco

      my mother's boyfriend used to build engines that went fast... real fast. He used to test them against the highway patrol.

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      Faith Reaper 

      8 years ago from southern USA

      On my hour commute to and from work daily, I am amazed at what I see, and I just pray and ask the Lord to send the angels ahead of me to clear the way to my destination and back home again!!! Great hub, very well written and informative. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      8 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I am always amazed at high-speed drivers when they pass me on a dangerous curve, then they are only two ot three cars ahead of me at the signal light. Great topic and tips to share..

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      8 years ago from Central Florida

      Nice reminder, Spy. I travel back roads to work because the highways frighten me in my old age. Consequently, my trek takes me through residential areas. Too often I see another car "in a hurry" whizzing in and out of traffic, only to end up at the stop light one or two cars ahead of where he started! He got nowhere in a hurry. Late for work? Get up earlier!

      Good hub, Spy. Quite a step away from what you've been posting of late. It's nice to see you spread your wings!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      8 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      There are some complete idiots on the road, unfortunately, they don't just put their own lives at risk, but also everyone who uses the roads. this is tremendous, very well don.

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      Thomas Silvia 

      8 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi M. great subject in this well written hub. I think a lot of people just don't care if they speed, they just want to get where they are going fast no matter what, but they never think of the other people they could hurt or kill. Very interesting and useful information .

      Vote up and more !!! SHARING !

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      Joshua Zerbini 

      8 years ago from Pennsylvania


      Very interesting and useful hub! So many people out there drive way too fast! Thanks for the good reminder!

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      Nancy Yager 

      8 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      I think as a whole society needs to slow down. How important is a business meeting compared to taking a life? Besides it is much more enjoyable to drive slowly and enjoy the view.

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      Danson Wachira 

      8 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      I guess people just get used to driving fast not realizing the harm and results of an accident. Driving fast at the risk of an accident only to save 20 minutes sounds very weird. Very useful article. Voted up and useful.

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      8 years ago from North Carolina

      This is very true! I have a hard time driving slowly and my car insurance rates reflect When my kids started driving I gave them all visor clips that say, "Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly." Very sound advice.


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