In most cases, we strive to improve our abilities when we engage in an activity regularly, whether it’s a job, fitness pursuit, or personal interest. We often track progress and metrics.
Driving, however, is one area in which it is difficult to steadily improve, in part because we lack any set metric by which to compare how well we drive. That has changed now, thanks to the AiCare Driver Scoring system.
With AiCare you receive your driving score based on several parameters, speed being one of them. AiCare evaluates how frequently the vehicle is driven at speeds faster than 80 Kmph, collects the data, and adds it to the other parameter scores to determine your overall driving performance.
One potential benefit of having a good score and safer driving is that you may be eligible for a discount on insurance, whereby insurers could offer you an improved rate based on your good driving meaning the better your speeding behaviour, the better your overall score and the better your insurance premiums.
- Speeding results in 30% of all road accidents
- An accident occurring at 80kph can cause major injuries or even wrongful death.
- Even if you are running late, driving faster or impatiently tailing other cars will not help much.
- Is it really worth causing an accident just to arrive a few seconds earlier?
Let’s explain why speed is such a killer on the road.
When driving at 110km/h, with a reaction time of 1 second on a dry surface, the average driver will come to a complete stop after 90m. Suppose the driver meets a pedestrian or oncoming vehicle 60m ahead. The impact speed will be at 80km/h, almost certainly causing injury or death. By reducing speed by just 30km/h to 80km/h, the impact speed is reduced to 30km/h, greatly reducing the chances of death or injury.
The implications of speeding are just as terrible for the occupants of the car.
The likelihood of death at a collision speed of 80km/h is 20 times higher than at an impact speed of 32 km/h. Reducing speed gives the driver, a faster reaction time to avoid any dangers ahead and protect those in the vehicle.
So, how do I avoid speeding?
Observe speed limits
- Speed limit signs are in place for a reason.
- On roads with a speed limit sign, you must not drive faster than the speed limit.
- Be on the lookout for speed signs and observe them.
- They are there to help you drive at the safest speed on a given road.
- Speed limits protect you from speeding on sharp turns, uneven roads or black spots.
On roads with no speed limit sign
- Drive at a maximum speed of 80km/h on the highway and 50 km/h in urban areas.
- Observe a speed of 40km/h when going off-road
- and below 20Kp/h within residential estates or schools.
- Remember to watch out for unmarked speed bumps.
Even if you’re driving at or below the speed limit, remember you may still be moving too fast.
- Check for road conditions such as curves, rain, heavy traffic or night-time.
- Remember, the faster you drive, the slower your reaction time will be.
- If you need to prevent an accident, it will take you longer to stop your car.
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