Do not exceed residential area speed limit for a week.
If you don’t have your driving license, remind the one driving you not to exceed speed limits.
“Baseball is like driving, it’s the one who gets home safely that counts.”
Well, guys, we don’t know about you, but we exceed speed limits on a daily basis, at least we used to. We’re not talking about much, but 10 km/h (6 mph) can make a big difference.
Now we really do our best to obey every speed limit sign. We won’t be lying to you, unfortunately, we still exceed speed limits from time to time but not in cities or towns, where there are pedestrians, intersections, cyclists – a lot of stuff which require extra attention.
Never to forget – facts about driving
We live in a fast-paced world, which puts us in a constant hurry. But don’t forget, that speeding while driving can have catastrophic consequences. We’re sure you all know what we are about to say, but still, let us remind you: sitting behind the steering wheel represents an enormous responsibility.
We are not trying to scare you. The latter goes especially for young drivers or drivers to be. But there are simply a lot of things that can go wrong even if we take all the possible precautions and consider every single “how to be a good driver” tip.
Being involved in a car accident or even causing one is something that almost every driver in the world will encounter throughout his/her driving days. That is a fact!
Speed is a great factor
It makes a great difference at what speed an accident happens. Let’s take a look at the following example:
- adult pedestrian struck by a car at 50 km/h (31 mph): 20 % risk of dying.
- adult pedestrian struck by a car at 80 km/h (50 mph): 60 % risk of dying.
Keep that in mind.
Car accident facts
There are over 300 million drivers in Europe and over 200 million in the US alone. According to those numbers, it’s no surprise there are so many accidents every day. As statistics show, one of the main reasons is speeding.
According to U.S. Department of transportation speeding-related fatalities represent more than 30 % of all fatal crashes.
So, no wonder we’ve all read or heard about many car accident stories. Unfortunately, many of us have at least one of our own. We can only hope there’s not many involving fatal car crash death.
Cruel reality (source: ASIRT – Association for Safe International Road Travel):
- On average 3,287 people die in road crashes every day, that’s nearly 1.3 million each year.
- Additional 20 – 50 million are injured or disabled.
- More than half of all road traffic accidents occur among ages 15 – 44.
- Road crashes are the leading cause of death among young people ages 15-29, and the second leading cause of death worldwide among children ages 5-14.
- Unless action is taken, road traffic injuries are predicted to become the fifth leading cause of death by 2030.
“Teenagers are much more likely to be killed or seriously injured in a car crash than in a knife fight or drug overdose”
-Edmund King (AA President)
In case any of you lost your loved one in a car accident, we extend our deepest sympathies to you and your family. Our plan wasn’t to make any of you depressed.
Please, think of what you’ve read as an additional encouragement to successfully finish this week’s challenge. You can look at it as a free driving practice test, which you’ll pass by obeying speed limits. 🙂
And please, don’t forget about all that after this week is over, always keep in mind that you bear a great responsibility when driving. Moreover, don’t do it to avoid getting tickets, do it for fellow Earthlings, do it for yourself.
An additional way to protect yourself
Even though we obey all traffic rules and pay extra attention things can go wrong. In that case, we can only hope the accident wasn’t severe. And as most of you know, every car crash brings a lot of bills.
In addition, most of the insurance companies out there are looking for a way not to cover your expenses, which, by the way, can be enormous. We found a car/dashboard camera to be a great means to ensure some additional protection.
Furthermore, you should always keep a first aid kit in your car to be able to help yourself, your loved ones and others in case of a car accident.
too many people die in car accidents;
most at risk is the younger population;
to lose a loved one due to a reckless driver is unimaginably hard, but bearing the responsibility of knowing that you could have saved a life just by driving slower can be even harder;
do your best to always respect residential area speed limit;
in case something goes wrong – protect yourselves.
Be a Good Earthling and drive safely.
Your comments are more than welcome. We also invite you to share your car accident stories with us, if you’d like.
With love and care,