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Slowing down during your commute could help keep you safe

Given the explosion in demand for Colorado real estate in recent years, many people found themselves priced out of urban or suburban homes. Quite a few professionals in the Englewood area now have to commute 30 minutes or more to work. Many people view that commute as lost time and will do anything in their power to minimize how much time they spend at the wheel.

From taking less-traveled side roads to avoid traffic congestion to driving a little bit faster than the posted speed limit, there are many tactics that can make a commute seem a little bit shorter. However, driving faster really isn't a viable or safe solution for modern drivers.

When you exceed the posted speed limit, you drastically increase your risk of winding up in a life-altering collision that could leave you injured or responsible for injuries to somebody else. Even though you feel like the speed is safe, it could leave you unnecessarily vulnerable.

Speeding costs the United States billions every year

Many people think of speeding as a victimless crime. Provided that they don't get caught by law enforcement officers, drivers tend to think of speeding as a harmless behavior. Still, speeding is a primary cause of a large number of crashes every year.

Roughly 3 out of 10 collisions in 2007, the most recent year that the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has analyzed, involve speeding. Looking at the cost of collisions in 2007 dollars, speeding cost more than $40 billion per year in injuries, property damage and other financial consequences. The faster people drive, the greater the damage they can cause to property, other vehicles and passengers in vehicles.

Speeding isn't really helping you get anywhere faster

Depending on the speed at which you drive and the length of your daily commute, it is possible that speeding might reduce your overall drive time by a few minutes. However, if you find yourself commuting on surface streets, going 40 in a 35 mile-per-hour zone for half an hour is not going to make much of a difference to how much time you spend behind the wheel. However, it will statistically make a difference to the overall risk you incur for a major collision.

If you struggle with feeling like you waste your time during your daily commute, consider downloading and listening to audiobooks while you drive. That way, you can keep your eyes on the road while simultaneously enriching your life. Don't fall victim to the idea that completing other tasks while driving, such as applying your makeup or eating your breakfast, is the safe practice.

When you take your hands off the steering wheel while driving, you increase the risk of not responding in time to changes in traffic conditions in front of you. In other words, you shouldn't trade to the risks involved with speeding for the risks involved with distracted driving.

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