5 WAYS TO CONTROL YOUR SPEED WHEN DRIVING

5 WAYS TO CONTROL YOUR SPEED WHEN DRIVING

When you are driving, it is important to stay within the posted speed limit.
Speeding has consequences, such as a ticket from the police and a traffic
violation on your driving record. As a result of a ticket, the driver gets a
higher auto insurance premium.
Here are the 5 ways to control your speed when driving:
Check the speedometer

Look at your speedometer regularly while you drive. Although you primarily want to
look at the road, other cars and the surrounding areas, from time to glance at
your speed every minute or so and make the appropriate adjustment.
Remove Distractions

Distractions are dangerous when you drive and can lead to accidentally speeding because you
are not paying attention. According to the U.S Department of transportation,
distracted driving increase your risk of an accident by three times when
compared to drivers who are not distracted.
Turnoff the music or lower the volume so that it is not a distraction. Turn off
your cell phone so that you are not tempted to make a call or send text
messages. Wait to eat until after you park the car


Leave Earlier

It is easy to speed if you are late, so wake up a little earlier. It will give you
more time to get ready and provide a few extra minutes for your drive, which
prevent you from speeding due to being late.


Set Cruise Control

If you vehicle is an automatic, then you can set cruise control when you drive on
highways or have a large stretch of road before the next stop light or sign.
Take advantage of cruise control to stay within the posted limit.

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Know the limits; look for signs, especially at
junctions. You need to know the speed limit of the roads you are using. For too
many drivers who have been caught speeding, complain that they thought the road
had a higher speed limit (40mph instead of 30mph) speed limit signs tend to be
placed at junctions because this is often the point at which the limit changes.

However,
junctions are also where you need to absorb a wick range of different
information and it is easy to miss a speed limit sign when concentration on one
or more other things. (e.g which way am I going, is that driver going to pull
out etc).
So you need to get into the habit of checking for speed limit signs at junctions
and looking for repeater signs after the junctions especially if the nature of
the road has changed. If you are not sure, assume the limit is lower until you
see a sign.
Recognize what makes you speed

We all have our ‘speed triggers’ – things that make us more likely to speed up and
perhaps exceed the limit unintentionally. This could be feeling pressurized
into keeping up with other drivers, or feeling stressed by a driver too close
behind being tempted to overtake a vehicle in front may also mean exceeding the
limit to complete the maneuver.
Distractions, such as listening to loud music, often result in speeding. It could be
something as simple as going downhill.
Learning
to recognize your own ‘speed triggers’ will make it easier to avoid being
‘pushed’ into speeding. It will also make driving less stressful and more
relaxing.
Give yourself time

Exceeding the speed limit makes little difference to your arrival time. The time it takes
to complete a journey is determined much more by your average speed during the
whole journey, rather than the maximum speed you achieve for part of it.
This is especially true in urban areas where you constantly have to slow down for
junctions, traffic lights and other road users. The faster you drive, the
sharper you have to brake. This also uses much more fuel and so makes driving
more expensive.

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Knowing that you have plenty of time to complete your journey will help you to relax
and avoid the temptation to push your speed.

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