How Driving Slowly Gets You There Faster

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Published: 19th January 2011
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An old man was travelling with his son. The son was on the steering. They are heading home after a long sojourn and they share a common goal – they want to get there fast. The father observed that the speedometer has been moving rightwards consistently and was already drifting into the ‘red’ region. Then he said ‘son, let’s drive slowly so we can get home faster’.

At first, the father’s statement may sound illogical. But give it a second thought and you’ll find the rationality in it. Driving fast, over speeding doesn’t get you home quicker; driving within speed limits does.

In the short run, over speeding may seem interesting and time saving, but in the end it’s a sheer waste of valuable resources.

It is true that you might arrive at your destination a little faster if you move at a higher speed, but consider the risk to life and property involved in travelling at a speed above the specified limit. Even if you save an hour or two because you over sped, is it comparable to a single life (24hours x 365days x –years) which might have been lost as a result of excessive speed?

Another point to consider is that the top speed you attain while driving does not count, it is the average speed. Nigerian roads are filled with ‘speed breakers’- potholes, police checkpoints, slow moving trucks, faulty vehicles abandoned on the road, etc. These ‘natural speed breakers’ will force you to slow down no matter how fast you’re driving. If you are travelling on a road where you’ll often come across any of these ‘speed breakers’, you know you will be forced to slow down or even stop every now and then. Even if you attain 160km/h within a kilometre range, you will need to bring it down to as low as 10km/h within a very short period when you have to gently drive through a bad portion of the road. This reduces the average speed you achieve. Compared with the extra fuel consumed by your car to accelerate to that high speed, the brakes expended in bringing it to a stop, and the physical and mental effort it takes, you’ll find out that it is more sensible to drive at a lower and steady speed that fits the circumstance.

In a situation where the road is patterned with many obstacles to free movement, it is wiser to drive slow and steady. If you have been driving for a while now, you might have noticed that when you overtake a vehicle on a road with many ‘speed breakers’, the distance between your car and that which you overtook doesn’t increase significantly, despite the fact that you hit higher km/h on your speedometer. This is because your average speed over that distance is almost the same as that of the car you overtook.

It is very obvious that the higher your speed, the more difficult it becomes to be in control. However, if your car is in good condition, your windows are shut and the road is also good, you might be lured into over speeding. In these conditions you’ll feel you are in total control, but if suddenly a careless child takes to the road and you need to avoid a hit, you’ll find that you just cannot control it anymore, or at least you’ll find it more difficult to control than you expected.

Over speeding not only poses a threat to pedestrians, it poses a real threat to you, the driver and everyone of your passenger! Suppose your tyre got blown while driving, in which case will it be easier to control: Is it at 80km/h or at 150km/h? You sure know the right answer. Don’t assume that your tyre can never blow; even a new set of tyres can pick a sharp metal! Besides, a blown tyre is not the only risk; you may sight a deep pothole a little too late, you may negotiate a bend and all of a sudden find that some Fulani’s are crossing along with their herd, just anything can happen. The best thing to do is to take precaution; drive within specified speed limits so you can get home faster!

If you still feel that over speeding does it, I’ll suggest you consider a career in Formula 1. After all, speeding doesn’t always lead to accident, sometimes it leads to stardom. Michael Schumacher knows better! But as far as you are on the road, safety is first. Please drive slowly so everyone can get home faster.



More safety tips on Nigerian roads: www.safegearng.com

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