It’s incumbent upon all Virginia motorists to maintain a safe speed when sharing the road. Failure to do so greatly increases the risk of an accident occurring, especially during inclement weather. The following information illustrates how serious speeding can be, as well as what you can do to be a safer driver overall.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speeding has a number of serious consequences. For instance, it’s far more difficult to handle your vehicle when going over the posted speed limit. If another motorist makes an unexpected maneuver, it will be much harder for you to come to a complete stop if you’re traveling at high speeds. If you are involved in a crash because of speeding, chances are any injuries will be far more serious.

In 2016 alone, speeding was cited in approximately 27 percent of all traffic fatalities occurring that year. Over the last two decades, one-third of all motor vehicle deaths were linked to driving at high rates of speed. When asked why they speed, many drivers point to large volumes of traffic and lateness for work or other obligations. While you can’t control the bad habits of other drivers, there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of accident and injury.

KidsHealth.org recommends that all motorists take up defensive driving habits. Along with obeying the speed limit, drivers are also encouraged to adjust their speed during rain or snow storms. Drivers should always remain alert and aware of their surroundings, which will improve reaction times. This entails keeping distractions to a minimum, whether that entails mobile phone use or eating behind the wheel.