You live in a crazy, busy world. Everyone around you (and probably you too) is always rushing around trying to cram more into the day than possible.
One place you should slow down is the road, and you really don't have the time not to slow down. Speeding down the road, or racing to the next stop light doesn't save you a lot of time in the long run.
Slowing down as you drive provides quite a few benefits. As you slow down, you give yourself more time to anticipate other vehicles, pedestrians, and potential hazards. This makes the roads safer for everyone on them.
The more you exceed the speed limit, the greater risk you take for getting in an accident. Speed limits are not casual suggestions, but are there to protect the occupants of the vehicle and the pedestrians on the road.
Slowing down, also helps prevent road rage. It seems like every time you get in the car, someone you are driving next to, does something stupid. Perhaps they don't use a blinker, or run a red light. Maybe they cut you off. As you slow down, you are able to better anticipate what others on the road may do, because you have more time to think about it, and you tend to pay more attention to those around you. If you are already watching the other vehicles closely, you are more able to expect their next move. This helps all of us from getting angry or annoyed with those inconsiderate drivers around us. Not only are you better able to anticipate actions of those around you, but others can better anticipate your actions, and take appropriate measures.
May 8-14 is Fourth United Nations Global Road Safety Week. This is a great time to make a pledge to slow down, be safer, and save lives.
For more information please see unroadsafetyweek.org
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