Why Speeding in Neighborhoods is a No-No

Posted on by Defensive Driving Team | in Defensive Driving Tips

Do you feel like you are always running late? If you are, you probably speed more than you would like to admit. Yes, where you are going is undoubtedly important. However, it is important that you abide by the speeding laws, especially when driving through your neighborhood. Of course you know that speeding laws exist to keep you and other drivers safe while on the road, but when you are driving in neighborhoods there is more to the equation.

But the speed limits are so slow in neighborhoods!

Yes, they are, for a reason. Think about it, how many times when you are driving through your neighborhood do you see other people out walking or running. Perhaps they are taking their dog for a walk. Maybe they are playing catch with their kids in the front yard. These happenings are what add charm to a neighborhood, but they also make it extremely important that you follow the speed limit. Most speed limits in neighborhoods are between 20-30 miles per hour. At this speed, you are going slowly enough that you are able to actively be on the defense so that you can efficiently react if need be.

For example, let’s say that the parent playing catch with his child accidentally overthrows the ball, causing his child to chase after it without even thinking to check for cars. What if the dog going on a walk breaks free from his leash and makes a run for it. These are all things that happen in neighborhoods across the country every day.

But I’m going to be late!

Even if you are running late, it is important that you follow the ever-so-slow speed limits in your neighborhood. If you have to speed (which we don’t recommend) wait until you are on the freeway. Chances are that your family likes to spend time outdoors, too, and you probably expect the drivers to drive slowly when you are the ones outside.

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