You’re late, you’re going to be late, you can’t be late. Those three reasons may seem like valid excuses for speeding, but they’re not. Sometimes you can lose track of how fast you’re actually going. Maybe you’ve been on the freeway for miles now, and you’ve stopped checking your speedometer. Again, not a valid excuse. Or maybe you don’t see any cops around, so you can’t get pulled over. Guess what? Not a valid excuse either. In fact, there is no excuse for speeding, and for good reason.
According to the National Safety Council, more than 13,000 lives are lost as a result of speeding every single year. Society pays for it too, not only in the loss of lives, but monetarily as well. Speed-related crashes cost the US over $40 billion each year. That is a lot of money to pay in order to save just a few minutes of time.
It’s easy to press down hard on that gas pedal, especially when there is a wide open stretch of road in front of you. But bear in mind, the faster you drive, the harder it is for you to control your vehicle. Speeding can be especially dangerous in bad weather conditions, like rain. The next time you’re speeding to get somewhere, or even thinking about it, remember that nothing is worth driving that fast.