AskPatty’s Teen Driving Tips 3: Don’t Speed
Speeding has pricey consequences, from a ticket to a crash. In fact, speeding was a factor in 35% of fatal crashes involving teen drivers in 2011, according to NHTSA.
Most of us speed at one time or another. Why? Usually we’re in a hurry and we think the laws don’t apply to us. Most of the time, we don’t think speeding is dangerous, and most people think they won’t get caught. Unfortunately, it’s the third leading contributing factor in traffic crashes after distracted driving and impaired driving. A 2012 study by the AAA Traffic Safety Foundation showed 52% of drivers said they had driven 15 mph over the speed limit on a freeway in the past month, and nearly one in four said they consider it acceptable to do so.
According to information at Caddell Weiland, speeding costs drivers in many ways. For every 5 mph over 60 mph you travel, you pay an extra 24 cents per gallon for gas. Americans have paid more than $6 billion in speeding fines. That’s just fines; NHTSA says the accidents themselves where speed is an issue cost society more than $40 billion annually.
Teens are more likely than older drivers to speed and allow shorter headways (the distance from the front of one vehicle to the front of the next), according to CDC.gov. It’s especially dangerous to new drivers who just don’t have the experience to process on-the-road emergencies.
An analysis of crash data from 2000-2011 by TeenSafeDriver show that speeding is one of the primary factors in fatal crashes involving young male and female drivers and is implicated in about a third of all such crashes. Half of fatal crashes involving 16-year-old drivers with three or more passengers are speeding-related.