You can't get a speeding ticket if you don't speed. It costs you nothing to slow down, and you might even save money on gas and brakes. Also, you set a good example for other motorists and for anyone who is in the car with you. The accident you prevent or the life you save just may be your own.

  1. Obey speed limit signs. Doing so shows respect for the law, your life, and the lives of others.
  2. Slow down to give yourself time to avoid hitting debris, animals, and potholes. Potholes cause millions of dollars in damage to cars each year.
  3. Stay at least one car length behind the vehicle in front of you for every 10 mph you're driving.
  4. Leave early. Allow enough time to get where you're going.
  5. Use caution and take appropriate safety measures when driving in extreme weather conditions.


  • The #1 killer of people ages 16-24 is car accidents.
  • Over 41,000 people die in car accidents each year, and 2.2 million are injured.
  • 1 in 5 drivers under the age of 30 is stopped for speeding every year.
  • 75% of U.S. drivers admit to driving over the speed limit and 50% determine their speed based on the chance of being stopped by police.
  • Over 7 million motor vehicle crashes are reported to police each year.
  • 31% of all traffic fatalities have speed as a factor, second only to alcohol (40%) as a cause of fatal crashes.
  • With every 10 mph increase in speeds above 50 mph, the impact of the force of the crash is doubled.
  • The annual cost of speed-related crashes is $40.4 billion.
Excerpted from: Every Monday Matters: 52 Ways to Make a Difference by Matthew Emerzian and Kelly Bozza. Copyright © 2008 Every Monday Matters LLC. Excerpted by permission of Thomas Nelson. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.


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