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The Psychology of Speeding: Why People Break the Speed Limit


Speeding is one of the leading causes of traffic accidents. Despite this, people still speed constantly. Police write tickets for speeding more than any other kind of traffic ticket. Why are people so prone to zippingthrough streets and disregard safety regulations? Let’s take a look at the psychology of speeding.

Running Behind

The most common reason for speeding given by most people who are ticketed for going over the speed limit is that they were just in a hurry because they were running behind. Waking up late for class or work, getting caught in traffic, or otherwise being delayed can make you feel rushed for time. However, it’s easy to avoid these common mistakes.

Try waking up earlier, leaving the house earlier, and taking routes with less traffic. If that doesn’t work, remember that it’s better to be late and arrive in one piece than to speed and get a ticket, or, worse, cause an accident!

It’s also important to remember that speeding is usually not an excellent way to get anywhere faster than just going with traffic flow. Things like stopped cars, red lights, and traffic jams make it very difficult to get around town any faster by speeding.

Aggressive Music

Playing loud and aggressive music is a common factor in speeding. You might not even realize you’re going too fast until you see a speed limit sign or glance at your speedometer. High BPM music with aggressive lyrics can get your heart rate up and cause you to drive faster than you otherwise might.

If you often listen to aggressive music in the car, consider switching to something more soothing. That is, of course, unless your fast-paced music doesn’t cause you to speed.

Road Rage

Some people find themselves speeding as a way to vent after getting caught in bad traffic. You’ve probably been here before: someone cuts you off and slows you down, so you whip around them and speed up to get in front of them. This is understandable, but it’s not a good idea.

Generally speaking, you should try to avoid passing someone when doing so would cause you to exceed the speed limit. It’s best to keep a level head, take a deep breath, and let go of the road rage. You’ll get to your destination just fine as long as you keep your eyes on the road and don’t let road rage get the best of you.

DJ Swanson

D.J. Swanson never planned to be a writer. His first job was working in his family’s autobody shop, but after studying English and journalism in college, he decided not to join the family business.

Instead, D.J. realized that he could make a difference by helping people learn how to maintain their cars and drive safely in challenging conditions. He is proud to share his lifelong knowledge of cars and driving here at Daily Traffic Alerts.

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