We all dream of driving with the wind in our hair at speeds like those of the drivers on the movie Fast and Furious’; while this dream ought to remain a dream some make the mistake of bringing it to life. Speeding is where a person drives above the maximum speed limit or a person drives inappropriately for the weather, road and or traffic conditions. According to the World Health Organization in 2008, speed is unquestionably recognized as a major contributing factor in both the number and severity of car accidents. A previous article discussed in detail how a vehicle’s traveling speeds affect the car’s stopping or braking distance as well as the impact speed the car would have on any object it hit in its path. This blog will focus on other points discussing how speeding can affect other aspects and factors.
The faster one drives, the harder he or she hits another car or vehicle, pedestrian or object in the car’s path. When one exceeds the speed limit even by a small margin this has dire consequences on the object that is in the car’s path as the additional speed adds considerably to the speed of impact. For example, Tom notices a pedestrian crossing the road while he is traveling at a speed of fifty kilometers per hour (50km/h). Tom brakes when the pedestrian is twenty nine meters (29m) away; at this speed and distance Tom is able to stop safely without hitting the pedestrian. However, if Tom is traveling at sixty kilometers per hour (60km/h) with the pedestrian at twenty nine meters (29m) away and Tom starts braking at that distance; Tom will hit the pedestrian while traveling at a speed of forty four kilometers per hour (44km/h).
This example shows how deadly an additional ten kilometers per hour (10km/h) can affect the vehicle’s braking distance, ability to stop safely and the speed at which the vehicle hits an object.
Some drivers may reason that they do not speed all the time or very often and they do not speed by much, however, all it takes is just one driving mistake or error at one moment in time to cause a serious accident. High speed levels no matter by what margin have a direct impact on drivers and other road users as it puts them in great danger. Hence, the reason why there are penalties for speeding offenses in NSW and all other provinces and territories of Australia.
Another factor to consider is the reason why speed limits are put in place in the first place. Speed limits are put in place by road safety experts and this is done in accordance to the NSW Speed Zone Guidelines. The speed limits accurately show the safety factors affecting specific lengths of road; therefore, while a driver may assume that a speed limit is too slow, there very well are risks and factors that may not immediately be perceivable or apparent to the driver as he or she is unaware of the risks associated with the speed relative to a particular road.