Posted on 08/11/2016 at 04:16 PM by Dena Boelter
Speeding is not only against the law, but also wastes fuel and is a risky activity. It can hurt you and the drivers around you. Perhaps you forgot the speed limit, or you don't see any police and think, "Maybe I should get to the shipper or receiver earlier so let's go a little faster. Hey, the police aren't around anyway?" Whatever the reason, follow these steps to avoid wasting fuel and breaking the law by speeding.
- Use your cruise control. It will automatically maintain the current speed you set, helping to curb your desire to drive faster.
- Pay close attention to the speedometer, while still carefully watching the road. Make quick, frequent cross-checks to monitor your speed.
- Drive under the speed limit. Even 5 mph (8 km/h) or so will not significantly decrease your travel time, and it will reduce your chances of accidentally going over the speed limit.
- Leave earlier so you don't feel rushed. Don't put yourself in a situation where you feel pressured to get to an appointment on time. Who knows, you may even enjoy the drive.
- Figure out the fine amount for speeding. As you find yourself going too fast, mentally calculate how much that ticket would cost you. Tickets can easily reach $400, and you don't want to spend that much money. So think twice before speeding.
- Figure out just how much time you save by speeding. It is probably much less than you think: going 65 mph in a 55 mph zone for 15 miles "saves" less than three minutes. 5 mph over saves less than 90 seconds.
- Listen to classical or light music instead of hard rock. The soft music will help you relax and slow down.