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We should all strive to reduce stress and improve the quality of our lives with new perspectives on common problems. One way to do this is to address the fact that many American drivers are prone to speeding — a topic we covered here recently. Regardless of why you speed, however, you might consider the following points about why this behavior is not a good idea.

It doesn’t save that much time: Dangerously weaving through traffic while speeding might make you feel like you’re getting from A to B faster. However, in reality — even if you’re driving 100 miles — it might shave no more than ten minutes, if that, off your time. As for around-the-town driving, you might just arrive one or two minutes sooner. Is it really worth the stress and risk of getting into an accident? Wouldn’t you rather relax and listen to two or three minutes of your favorite music anyway?

Speeding kills: There are two benefits to driving the speed limit. First, you’ll be less likely to get into a crash because it’s easier to control your car. Second, if you do get into a crash, the damages will probably be less serious because the gravitational forces will be reduced. Interestingly, if you’re traveling at 35 miles per hour, you double the chances of killing someone in a collision compared to if you’re traveling at 30 mph.

If you’ve gotten this far, then you have benefited from learning the two most important reasons why people should not speed. However, you might also want to keep this final reason in mind: If you unlawfully speed and cause the injury or death of another person, you’re more likely to be financially liable for an injured person’s car accident damages. If you’re the one who’s the victim of a speeding or otherwise reckless or negligent driver, you have the right to seek compensation for expenses and damages.