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Why driving slowly can be dangerous

| Nov 5, 2020 | Car Accidents |

Most Tennessee motorists have heard warnings about driving too fast. Speeding is a factor in over a quarter of fatal motor vehicle accidents. But what many people don’t realize is that driving too slowly is a problem on the road, too. It can upset a delicate balance. Drivers going the speed limit have to adjust to accommodate slow drivers. Their reaction time will be shorter when compared to someone driving slowly, and this can be a factor in collisions.

Causes of slow driving

Most of the people who drive too slowly aren’t aware that they’re at risk of causing auto accidents. Usually, they don’t intend to be slow-moving. One of the biggest reasons people drive at speeds dangerously under the limit is that they’re distracted. If someone is trying to text or have a detailed conversation, they can’t keep their full attention on the road. As their attention drifts, they could unknowingly start to slow down.

Some drivers move too slowly because they’re intimidated. Young people who are freshly licensed may be so worried about going too fast that they make the opposite mistake. One of the most important things drivers need to remember, at every age, is to drive defensively. Defensive driving means being on the lookout for hazards and doing your part not to create problems.

Maintaining a speed that’s fast enough not to cause problems is especially important on highways. Other cars will be moving so fast that they won’t be able to stop in time for someone who is traveling well under the speed limit. Anyone who has been injured in an auto accident with a slow-moving car should consider contacting a lawyer. A good attorney can help a client get the damages they’re entitled to.