A continuation of Aggressive Driving
Why Speed? Are you late for a doctor appointment? I think not. Well it's possible. Actually according to the survey, and I would have to agree with this is the fact that most people speed because we simply want to pass other drivers. 30% of all drivers reported that when driving they tend to pass more cars than being passed. As driving maturity increased the need to pass decreased.
Here are some questions asked, and the top percentage group responses:
Over all men typically agreed slightly more about the statements.
What keeps us in line? Here are the top reasons.
|Posted speed limit||90%|
|Your past experience driving road||84%|
|How much traffic there is||81%|
|Chances of being stopped by police||75%|
|Speed of other traffic||75%|
|How much time you have to get to destination||60%|
Survey results maximum safe speed for type of road:
|Residential Urban||35 mph|
|Residential Rural||35 mph|
|Non-Interstate Urban||55 mph|
|Non-Interstate Rural||60 mph|
|Interstate Urban||70 mph|
|Interstate Rural||70 mph|
Overall information from this chapter reflected that people didn't want to drive too fast mainly because they feared injuring a pedestrian or for their own personal safety.
Summary from this chapter was:
Approximately half of all drivers reported keeping up with faster traffic and almost one-third reported being more likely to pass other drivers than to be passed. Both of these driving behaviors decreased with age. In general, positive feelings toward speeding -- as measured by agreement with the statements "I enjoy the feeling of speed," "I often get impatient with slower drivers" and "I try to get where I am going as fast as I can" -- decreased with age. However, agreement with the statement, "I worry a lot about having a crash" also decreased with age.
Drivers said that the major factors in determining the speed at which they drive were weather conditions, the posted speed limit and type of road. A large proportion of drivers felt it was "safe" to speed in certain situations (not in areas where children, playgrounds or schools were located). Yet three drivers in ten felt speeding was a factor in at least 75 percent of fatal crashes, and two-thirds felt speeding was involved in at least 50 percent of all fatal crashes.
Information provided by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration