In this module, you will learn the importance of driving within speed limits, with emphasis on:
1-Characteristics of the high risk driver;
2-When to adjust your speed; and
3-The dangers speeding presents to society
Speeding is the number one attribute of an aggressive driver and can lead to symptoms of road rage, such as tailgating, weaving, running stop signs and red lights.
Speeding trucks is a common cause of collisions and a major complaint by motorists. Driving too fast for conditions - regardless of the posted speed limit is very dangerous.
Easy to Speed, Hard to Brake
Large trucks require a greater stopping distance and speeding results in less time to react in dangerous situations. The heavier your vehicle, the more work is required from your truck's brakes to stop the vehicle.
Three elements add up to total stopping distance:
Distance + Reaction
Distance + Braking
Distance = Total Stopping Distance.
Fatalities and Speed Convictions
24% (Nearly one-fourth) of all large truck drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2007 had at least one prior speeding conviction
Untitled text matching question (Stopping Distance for Commercial Trucks)
40 MPH164 ft
50 MPH242 ft
60 MPH336 ft
Going over the limit increase likelihood of a crash
The American Transportation Research Institute concluded that speeding more than 15 miles over speed limit increases your chance of a crash by 56%
As the speed of a truck increases, the driver
- has less control of the vehicle
- will need less time to stop
- will have better fuel economy
The total braking distance at __________________ is almost the length of a football field.
- 25 mph
- 35 mph
- 45 mph
- 55 mph