For young drivers, speeding can be a deadly habit. When you’re driving too fast, you lose control of your car and it becomes much harder to avoid accidents. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), speeding is a factor in about 30% of all fatal crashes.

1. Speeding is one of the leading causes of car accidents.

While it may be tempting to speed, particularly when running late or in a hurry, it is important to remember the potentially deadly consequences. Speeding is one of the leading causes of car accidents, as driving at a high rate of speed reduces a driver's ability to control their vehicle and respond to hazards on the road. In addition, excessive speed greatly increases the force of impact in a collision, increasing the likelihood of severe injury or death to those involved. It's not worth risking your life and the lives of others just to arrive somewhere a few minutes earlier. Before getting behind the wheel, take a moment to remind yourself that obeying posted speed limits can save lives. So slow down and drive safely.

2. Speeding increases the severity of an accident.

Whether you're driving down the highway or through a residential neighborhood, speeding always puts yourself and others at risk. Not only does it decrease your ability to react to unexpected situations, but it also increases the force of impact in the event of a collision. Studies have shown that the severity of a crash is directly related to the speed at which it occurs. The faster a vehicle is going, the more likely it is to cause severe damage and potentially lethal injuries. And even if an accident doesn't end in death, speeding can still result in thousands of dollars worth of property damage. So slow down and obey speed limits not only for your safety but for the safety of everyone on the road. The few extra minutes you save by speeding are not worth risking a tragedy.

3. Speeding makes it more difficult to control your vehicle.

It can be tempting to press down on the accelerator and feel the rush of speed, but in reality, speeding dramatically increases the chance of losing control of your vehicle. Driving at high speeds leaves you with less time to react to sudden obstacles or turns in the road. Additionally, driving at excessive speeds can cause tires to lose traction, meaning that one of the dangers of speeding is skidding or weaving. Even if you consider yourself a skilled driver, it's impossible to predict the actions of other motorists on the road. By driving at a safe speed and following posted speed limits, you can greatly reduce your risk of being involved in a potentially fatal accident. Don't let yourself fall into the trap of thinking that speeding is harmless - it puts not only yourself but also those around you in danger.

4. Speeding decreases your reaction time.

Many drivers believe that driving above the speed limit will get them to their destination faster, but they fail to recognize the potential consequences of their actions. Speeding not only increases the likelihood of causing a dangerous accident, but it also decreases a driver's reaction time. Research has found that driving just 10 mph over the speed limit reduces a driver's mental ability to react and make decisions on the road.

5. Speeding increases the distance required to stop your vehicle.

It's a simple fact: the faster you are driving, the longer it will take for your car to come to a stop. That extra time can make all the difference in avoiding a collision.

6. Speeding makes it more difficult to avoid obstacles on the road.

While driving, you may encounter unexpected obstacles on the road such as children playing or animals walking. In these situations, it's crucial that you can react quickly enough to avoid colliding with these objects. But when you're driving at a high speed, your ability to slow down and maneuver around potential hazards is extremely limited.

7. If you are involved in an accident while speeding, you are more likely to be injured or killed.

In the unfortunate event that you are involved in an accident while speeding, your risk of injury or death is significantly higher than if you were driving at a safe speed. Research has shown that vehicle occupants are more likely to be seriously injured or killed at high speeds, regardless of whether they are wearing seat belts.


When it comes to driving, speed is not always the answer. Sure, you might get to your destination a little bit faster by speeding, but at what cost? Increased chances of being in an accident, decreased reaction time, and difficulty controlling your car are just some of the risks associated with driving too fast. So next time you're tempted to break the law and drive above the speed limit, remember that it's simply not worth it. There are plenty of other ways to get where you're going quickly without putting yourself - and others - in danger. Follow posted speed limits and be safe on the road!