Operation Safe Driver Week: How to Help Avoid Speeding on the Road
Each time you get behind the wheel, it's important to make smart and safe decisions. We want our truckers to be safe on the road this Operation Safe Driver Week, so we put together some tips on how to avoid speeding while on the road at all times.
1. Give Yourself Time Before a Trip
We all know that most accidents occur because at least one party was in a hurry. The best way to avoid a situation is to plan ahead and prepare accordingly. It's easy to take the easy way and just rush to your destination. No one likes to be late and excuses can often make us look bad, but none of them are truly valid when you take into consideration the possible consequences of an accident. Give yourself plenty of additional time to make up for any unforeseen circumstances. Besides, the worst thing that can happen is that you'll get to the destination early. That's not so bad is it?
2. Follow the Speed Limit
If you have a particular hard time with driving the speed limit, then try driving slower than the speed limit. I know sometimes we want to get to our destination and just call it a day but If you make it your mission to drive at least five miles slower than the speed limit, you may find yourself avoiding a speeding ticket. Did you know some cities will give you a speeding ticket for going over 6 MPH? That's right, keep that in mind when you're driving city to city or state to state to avoid a surprise speeding ticket.
3. Use Your Cruise Control
Most trucks now come with cruise control to help automatically adjust a trucks speed in order to maintain a safe distance from cars ahead. On long deliveries, it can be exhausting and easy to slip into high speeds. By using your cruise control, not only do you get a bit of a break to avoid foot cramps but you also keep your speed consistent. Don't forget to make stops when you feel tired for safer driving habits.
4. Look Up the Cost of a Speeding Ticket
The average speeding ticket in the U.S is $150. Not just that but there are consequences depending on state regulations. Some states might have a higher speeding ticket than others. So next time you are driving across country and thinking about pressing a bit harder on the gas paddle, is it worth getting an expensive ticket? Probably not.
5. Consider the Consequences
Often times there are risks involved with speeding tickets that can result in the suspension or revocation of your driver's license by the Secretary of State. For example, drivers are assessed 5 points for speeding 1-10 mph over the posted limit, but 50 points for aggravated speeding 26+ mph over the posted limit. This might make you think twice before speeding huh? Just remember speeding is an accident waiting to happen, so next time you speed, think about the person you might hurt.
6. Pay Attention
And last but not least, pay attention to the road. Whether it's a speed bump or a pothole, it can be the simplest reminder to constantly stay alert and maintain your speed at all times. Stay off your phone, pay attention to traffic signs and patterns as often times there can be unexpected construction or road yielding in work or school zones.
About the Author
Pamela is the Marketing Manager at Edge Logistics. She has a Bachelors of Arts from DePaul University in Public Relations and Advertising with a minor in Photography. Pamela is responsible for overseeing advertising, marketing, press, and social media related to Edge.