Why is driving slowly dangerous?

On Behalf of | Feb 3, 2023 | Car AccidentsPersonal Injury Litigation |

You’ve probably heard about the dangers of driving too fast. Speeding is a major factor in numerous serious crashes every year. 

Yet some research suggests driving too slowly is even more dangerous, with drivers who are 10 mph the speed limit having a crash risk six times higher than those who drive at it. Why is this?

It frustrates other drivers

If the road is empty, crawling along is not so much of a problem. Yet most roads see considerable usage, and most drivers want to get to their destination as soon as possible. Hence, they may make unsafe maneuvers to try and get past anyone holding them up, and if their overtake fails, they could take you with them in the crash.

You also run the risk that people get angry with you and pull straight back in front of you and slam the brakes on to show you how angry they are. While their anger is their problem, not yours, it will be both your problem if you cannot stop in time and run into the back of them.

You may end up feeling more tired

Sitting at the wheel of a car is tiring, and tiredness increases the chance of switching off or falling asleep. It also increases the likelihood you make a poor decision that causes a crash or prevents you from escaping one someone else causes.

There are certainly occasions when staying well below the speed limit is safer, such as in poor weather. Yet generally, you need to be going at the same speed as the general flow of traffic.

If you are involved in a vehicle crash, consider legal help. Whatever speed you were traveling at, you may still be able to seek compensation.