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Impact of Speeding
We all know that speeding limits a driver’s ability to drive in a safe and protective manner.
When he/she exceeds the posted speed limit or drives too fast for conditions, he/she puts
them, their truck, and surrounding vehicles in danger. But aside from the obvious problems
speeding presents, there are a few hidden problems that rarely get discussed. Here are some of
the problems associated with speeding.

Safe stopping distances are significantly reduced: The safe stopping distances for trucks and
cars are dramatically different and the speed of the vehicle dictates the amount of space
required to safely stop. Failure to completely stop may result in a rear-end crash.

Increase in fuel consumption: An ATA study found that for every one mile per hour over
55 mph, fuel consumption increases 2.2%. That equates to about one mile per gallon from 55
to 65 mph. This has become a problem even with today’s electronic engines that are designed
to provide the best fuel economy while running at lower RPMs.

Increase in overall maintenance costs: The ATA study also found that increased speed
increases operational costs. The study also showed that fleets running at maximum speed
limits can anticipate a 10-15% increase in maintenance costs and a 10-15% decrease in
component durability. The price paid for small gains in speeding is very large.



Exercising Protective Driving Technique:

       • Driving the speed limit makes driving less stressful
       • Driving the speed limit sets a good example for other drivers
       • Speeding wastes fuel
       • Speeding is hard on equipment
       • Speeding causes freight damage
       • Lower speeds reduce crash costs
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Video Library:

#2 Safe Performance on Road Test (60 min) 1987, Advanced Driving Skills Institute

#3 Heavy Vehicle Skids: Cause & Control (20 min) 1989, GND Associates

#29 Fuel Conservation (18 min) 1989, JJ Keller

#68 Controlling Fatigue (5 min) 1993, ATA

#69 Controlling Stress (5 min) 1993, ATA

#100 A Driver’s Story (10 min) 1994, Institute for Driver Behavior

#108 Winter Driving (10 min) 1995, ATA

#135 Too Fast for Conditions II (7 min) 1997, Institute for Driver Behavior

#145 Safe Following Distance (13 min) 1995, Centurion