Speed Thrills, But Kills
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:
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:
- When you drive your vehicle at 160 instead of 120 km/hr.
Saved time: 12 minutes only.
- When you drive your vehicle at 180 instead of 120 km/hr.
Saved time: 16 minutes only.
- 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.
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.
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