Here are 5 ways to manage speed to avoid demerit Points
Check the speedometer
Look at your speedometer regularly while you drive. Although you primarily want to look at the road, other cars and the surrounding areas, from time to glance at your speed every minute or so and make the appropriate adjustment.
Distractions are dangerous when you drive and can lead to accidentally speeding and even serious accidents because you are not paying attention. Taking your eyes off the road to look at your phone for just 4.6 seconds means that you are effectively 'driving blind' for 75m if you are travelling at 60km/h. Turn off the music or lower the volume so that it is not a distraction. Wait to eat until after you park the car. These are only some suggestions.
It is easy to speed if you are late, so wake up a little earlier. It will give you more time to get ready and provide a few extra minutes for your drive, which prevent you from speeding due to being late.
Set Cruise Control
If your vehicle is equipped with cruise control, than you can set the speed when you drive on highways or have a large stretch of road before the next stop light or sign. Take advantage of cruise control to stay within the posted limit.
Recognise what makes you speed
We all have our ‘speed triggers’ – things that make us more likely to speed up and perhaps exceed the limit unintentionally. This could be feeling pressured into keeping up with other drivers, or feeling stressed by a driver too close Behind, etc, etc
Distractions, such as listening to loud music and using your phone, often result in speeding. It could be something as simple as going downhill.
Learning to recognise your own ‘speed triggers’ will make it easier to avoid being ‘pushed’ into speeding. It will also make driving less stressful and more relaxing.
Give yourself time
Exceeding the speed limit makes little difference to your arrival time. The time it takes to complete a journey is determined much more by your average speed during the whole journey, rather than the maximum speed you achieve for part of it.
This is especially true in urban areas where you constantly have to slow down for junctions, traffic lights and other road users. The faster you drive, the sharper you have to brake. This also uses much more fuel and so makes driving more expensive.
Knowing that you have plenty of time to complete your journey will help you to relax and avoid the temptation to push your speed.
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