Driving on the interstate, it’s easy for the speedometer needle to creep past the legal limit. Suddenly a flashing light appears behind you, and you pull to the side of the road to accept yet another speeding ticket.
If this scene is getting enacted a little too often, it’s time to take action to slow your vehicle down. All you have to do is monitor your speed and let up on the accelerator on a downhill slope. But often, remembering to do so is the biggest challenge.
Here are a few helpful hints:
- Keep your mind on the road. It’s important not only to watch your driving but to think about it as well. Don’t fade away in a daydream or get caught up singing along with a radio tune. Certainly, you should not talk on your cell phone while driving, or focus more on your passengers than on your fellow drivers. Be alert to all traffic signs, driving conditions, and traffic patterns to avoid problems.
- Remember that speed laws prevent accidents. While you might think of a speed limit as a restriction, in reality, the law is set at that speed because road conditions have been tested to show that this is a safe speed for that particular road. If you accelerate to outdistance another driver, chances are she’ll catch up with you at the next exit anyway. Or if you’re in a hurry, no destination (except a true life-and-death emergency) is worth a speeding ticket and moving violation. Going too fast may lead to your vehicle spinning out of control or hitting another car.
- Speed limits protect drivers. If you’ve ever seen footage from a fatal or even a serious car accident, you know that fast driving can get you nowhere. A collision with an obstacle or another car at a high rate of travel will almost certainly cause significant damage to drivers, passengers, and vehicles. Imagine yourself trapped by twisted metal inside a burning car. Or consider how you would feel for the rest of your life if your speeding led to the accident that crippled a five-year-old child.
- Speed restrictions keep your insurance rates lower. The more you speed, the more likely you will get a traffic ticket. The more tickets you collect, the higher your automobile insurance premiums will go. The next time your foot presses the accelerator, think about the potential for your next insurance premium increase. Relax your foot and enjoy planning how you’ll save that money for more enjoyable use.
- Not speeding reduces your anxiety level. When we break the law, most of us have a conscience that kicks in and forces us to start looking around for that sneaky flashing light. If you want to speed in the first place, you may already be stressed due to running late or being in a hurry. Speeding means that your stress level is likely to increase. Not speeding means you can relax a little more, even if you are running a bit behind.
Stow these thought patterns into the “speeding” compartment of your brain so that when the urge hits, you can talk yourself into ignoring it and doing the right thing instead.