In a hurry? Sometimes we are inclined to push the “pedal to the metal” when we are running behind.

The Farmers Insurance Group did a study on speeding and found that about 70 percent of the respondents admitted to exceeding the posted speed limit. Of that number, 36 percent went five or more miles per hour over the limit and 22 percent exceeded by 10 mph or more.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that speed is a factor in 31 percent of all fatal crashes, killing an average of 1,000 Americans monthly. When rain or snow are involved the percentage increases to 53 and 60 percent when the roads are icy.

They estimate the cost to society exceeds $40 billion every year. A 2002 NHTSA study reported that 87 percent of speeding-related fatalities took place on roads that were not interstate highways.

While a ticket or crash may be the end result, often the extra rush doesn’t really get you to your destination that much sooner.

Let’s do the math. When you drive 45 miles per hour instead of 35 on a five-mile trip, you actually save less than two minutes.

The savings on the Interstate is not that great either. The trip distance on I-95 from Northern Virginia to Richmond is about 100 miles. Most of the route has a speed limit of 65 miles per hour. If we use that as our average speed, we’ll arrive in about 1 and thirty minutes. Now, let’s increase our speed to 75 mph. We’ll only save 10 minutes.

The NHTSA has a new campaign to slow down. The motto: “Stop speeding before it stops you.” In reality, you gain little time, increase the chances for an accident, and arrive much more frazzled.

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