Let’s Talk-Speed Kills….. (4)

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Let’s TalkI believe there’s no speed limit that says a driver can go beyond 120km/h, anyone who goes beyond such is going to the beyond, such person is already going on a journey of no return.

When you over speed, you have embarked on a journey of no return, a tale you’ll never live to tell. Have you heard of ‘dead men tell no tale?’ that is going to be your case when you over speed and not follow speed limits. I’m not here to scare you, but to enlighten you on the dangers of over speeding and how to prevent over speeding to avoid loss of lives.

The Dangers Of Over Speeding

In 2017, about 26 percent of all traffic fatalities involved at least one driver who was speeding.In a high-speed crash, a passenger vehicle cannot handle the force of the crash. As crash speeds get very high, airbags and seat belts do not work as well to keep passengers safe.

Speed influences the risk of crashes and crash injuries in three basic ways: By the time the driver realizes he/she needs to react, they’ve traveled closer to the danger, the driver has to brake harder, the crash is harder

If a driver doubles his/her speed – say from 30 km/h to 60 km/h – the braking distance does not become twice as long. It becomes four times as far. Traveling at 55 km/h, it will take about 6 seconds to stop the vehicle. The vehicle will travel approximately 302 feet before coming to a stop. That is longer than the length of a football field.

The total stopping distance of the vehicle depends on four things: A driver’s perception time, A driver’s reaction time, A driver’s vehicle reaction time, A driver’s vehicle braking capability

When a driver is speeding, other drivers have a hard time telling how fast they are going.

A driver should consider road conditions, weather and road design and slow down when those change.

Always speak up for your safety

The faster the vehicle is going, the harder it is to stop. Remember that speeding can be dangerous and cost money.

Watch for speed limit signs and let the driver know when the number changes, Help the driver look for dangers in the road.

Ask questions about driving and how it’s done. This lets the driver know they are setting the example.

Know the law – Reckless driving is against the law, and is defined as driving in a way that shows you really don’t care about the safety of people or property.

These are a few steps to take to avoid over speeding and loss of lives

Stay Alert – Actively pay attention to your actions and those of the drivers around you when you are driving.

Avoid Assumptions – Don’t make the mistake of assuming that other drivers are going to do or what you think they should do.

Use Turn Signals – While you can’t depend on others always signaling their intentions when driving, you can certainly control whether or not they have realistic expectations for your actions. Always use your turn signals in advance of making a lane change or turning.

Buckle Up – Wearing your seat belt is an essential safety tip for drivers. Not only are you more likely to get injured in an accident if you aren’t wearing a seat belt, you can also be fined for failing to do so.

Follow Traffic Signals – Pay close attention to and obey stop signs and traffic lights.

Respect Yellow Lights – Remember that the intent of a yellow light is to notify drivers to slow down and prepare to stop. A yellow traffic signal should not be viewed as a sign to step on the gas to rush through an intersection before the light turns red.

Come to a Complete Stop – When you see a stop sign or a red light, it’s important to bring your vehicle to a complete stop, even if you think no other vehicles are coming.

Do Not Text and Drive – It is never acceptable to send text messages when operating a motor vehicle.

Obey Speed Limits – When driving, it’s important to stick to the posted speed limit at all times. The restrictions placed on vehicle speed are not established arbitrarily. Rather, they are carefully selected to maximize safety for drivers and for individuals in the homes, businesses, and other organizations in the areas where roadways are located.

Make Adjustments for Weather-When the weather is less than perfect, such as rainy, snowy, or foggy conditions, use extra precautions when driving and follow guidelines for staying safe in the particular situation you are facing.

Exercise Patience – Many accidents are caused by impatient drivers who are rushing to get from point A to point B. While time is certainly a valid consideration when traveling, safety is even more important. After all, if you are involved in an accident you’ll certainly experience more of a challenge arriving at your destination on time than if you simply exhibit patience while driving.

Be Predictable – Don’t make sudden stops or lane changes. Instead, take care to ensure that other drivers are likely to be able to predict your actions to maximize safety.

Never Drive Under the Influence – It’s essential to avoid operating a vehicle if you have been drinking, taking certain types of prescription or non-prescription drugs, or are otherwise impaired.

Yield Right of Way – When other drivers has the right of way, be sure to yield to them. Also, don’t make the mistake of assuming that everyone else will yield to you when they should. Regardless of who has the right to go, yield if it seems that the other driver may not be observing standard practices for yielding.

Know Where You Are Going – Plan your travel route ahead of time so that you aren’t struggling to figure out where to go while you are operating a motorized vehicle.

Respect Stopped Vehicles – When passing vehicles that are stopped on the side of the road, move over to get out of the way if the way is clear for you to change lanes. If changing lanes is not possible, slow down while passing stopped vehicles.

Avoid Distractions – Sending text messages isn’t the only dangerous distraction that drivers need to avoid while operating a vehicle. Changing CDs, using cell phones, eating, and interacting with passengers are just a few examples of the types of distractions that you should take care to avoid when driving.

Use Headlights When Needed – Headlights aren’t just necessary at night. When you are driving in the rain or fog, turning on your headlights can play an important role in keeping you – and those around you – safe on the road.

Share the Road – Remember that you are not the only driver on the road. An important safety trip that everyone needs to follow is the need to share the road with others graciously, recognizing that all drivers deserve to be treated with respect.

Proper Vehicle Maintenance – Take care to ensure that your automobile stays in good working condition. This includes keeping fluids topped off, performing schedule engine maintenance, making certain tires have plenty of air, and ensuring that the vehicle’s exterior lights are functional at all times.

If you can follow some of these rules, I believe we will have less accident on our roads.

Remember, though speed thrills, but it kills. Your family loves you, they need you, they believe that your life is important than the speed that thrills you.

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