There are some people who think flying down a road above an acceptable speed limit looks cool. This is probably the fault of the Fast and Furious franchise, but people have been overspeeding long before the first Fast and Furious movie was released. Overspeeding is never a good thing. Here are some reasons why:
INCREASED FUEL CONSUMPTION
Cars are designed to be driven up to a certain speed to get the best gas mileage. Therefore, overspeeding leads to an increased fuel consumption, and the higher the speed, the more fuel the car consumes.
INCREASED POSSIBILITY OF ACCIDENTS
The faster a car goes, the higher the chances of getting in a crash. This is because overspeeding gives you less time to respond to obstructions in your path. A fraction of a second can mean the difference between life and death.
Your car could sustain serious damage even without getting in a crash. Your car tires, for example, have speed ratings. If you go beyond these speed ratings, you could damage your tires. Besides, you could run into potholes if you don’t pay attention, which is next to impossible when you drive at high speeds.
Studies have shown that air pollution levels can be significantly reduced by less aggressive driving and reduced speed. Researchers studied air quality on some Amsterdam roads, where the speed limit was reduced from 100 km/h to 80 km/h. The group found out that the levels of some pollutants was reduced by up to 15 percent.
Overspeeding increases your anxiety level. While this is acceptable if it happens once in a while, it leads to chronic anxiety when it occurs frequently. This brings about a whole lot of health issues, including but not limited to mental disorders.
IT COULD ACTUALLY INCREASE YOUR TRAVEL TIME
Most people tend to overspeed in order to save time. However, you cannot count on other road users having the same plans as you. A single miscalculation could cost you a whole day. And worse of all, if you crash, you probably won’t get to your destination at all.