Keeping Your Day on Schedule and Your Foot Off the Accelerator

By Woody Hill, Vice President of Safety Services

By Woody Hill, Vice President of Safety Services

Have you ever had one of those mornings when nothing goes right? Maybe the alarm didn’t go off, the kids refused to get out of bed or the dog escaped. Before you know it, you’re rushing out the door 10 minutes late.

When we get behind schedule, speeding is too often our solution. And too often, the consequences are deadly.

Speeding kills 28 Americans every day. In 2013, 293 Texans died in speeding-related crashes. More than 180 of them were driving the speeding vehicle. The other 111 were passengers, pedestrians and occupants of other vehicles.

Clearly, drivers are not the only ones who pay the price for speeding.

In this installment of our driving safety series, we will look at a simple, yet effective strategy for protecting yourself during traffic accidents: controlling your speed.

Now, you might be thinking, ‘”Just slow down; how complicated can it be?’” And you’re right.

But we all know that other factors sometimes sabotage our best intentions. A little planning can go a long way toward keeping your day on schedule and your foot off the accelerator.

Whenever possible, avoid driving in heavy traffic, severe weather, poor visibility and other difficult conditions.

Identify the most efficient route to your destination, program your GPS and give yourself plenty of time for unexpected delays.

During your trip, be aware of posted speed limits, but give yourself permission to ignore them. What I mean is that just because the law allows you to drive at least 65 miles per hour on most highways doesn’t mean you should.

When you’re driving in the difficult conditions I just covered, adjust your speed accordingly. And slow down when you are hauling heavy, awkward loads. Be extra aware in work zones, where traffic fines double. I know delays can be frustrating, but only a few feet may separate your vehicle from workers and heavy equipment.

And lastly, do not try to make up time by speeding. You never know how many lives you might save by simply slowing down.

Risk of death doubles for every 10 miles per hour over 50
Speed Risk of death
60 mph 2x higher
70 mph 4x higher
80 mph 8x higher

Previous installments in this series
With the holiday season in full swing, you are probably spending more time behind the wheel. You’ve probably noticed you’re not alone. Texas Mutual wants every Texan to get to their destinations safely. That’s why we launched this series of safe-driving blog posts. Stay tuned for more posts as the holidays ramp up. And if you missed previous installments, take a few minutes to catch up. We think you’ll find it was time well-spent:

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