When you speed, you’re not only breaking the law, you’re putting yourself and other drivers at risk. When your employees speed, they’re also putting your business at risk.
Speed is a common contributor to accidents. The National Safety Council states that 26 percent of traffic fatalities in 2018 were related to speed. While many people believe it’s permissible to exceed the speed limit by a few miles per hour, any speed above the posted limit is a violation and a hazard.
BE AWARE OF CHANGING SPEED LIMITS
Speeding violations frequently occur in speed zones under 45 MPH. This can occur without you even realizing it, especially after you’ve been driving on the interstate. For example, exiting from the interstate after driving on it for several hours. Unless you’re traveling on an interchange, the road you’re exiting to undoubtedly has a lower speed limit than the interstate. Slowing to the new speed limit is going to feel like a significant speed change, and it can be easy to speed back up if you’re not actively monitoring your speed—especially if you’re driving a truck and trailer.
As we mentioned earlier, any speed above the posted limit is against the law. However, the higher the speed, the larger the violation. In many municipalities, going 15 MPH or more over the speed limit is not only a major violation, but also considered a reckless driving violation.
Either of these violations will impact your driving record. Two or more major violations within a three-year period can result in the suspension of your CDL for six months.
REDUCE OVERTURNS ON RAMPS
Always follow ramp and curve speed signs—especially when
driving a truck.
While driving through sharp turns, product in your trailer could shift abruptly and cause an overturn. Driving a safe speed around corners will help prevent product shift.
While there are many potential risks that come from speeding, they’re all avoidable by obeying posted speed limits.
We’re committed to helping you build and maintain a culture of safety at your business. And with our range of available resources, we’ll help you establish practical safety guidelines that make sense for your business and employees.