Disadvantages of overspeeding

Overspeeding means driving at an excessive speed. This is the general definition of overspeeding but there are different ways one can classify overspeeding as follows:

1. Driving at top speeds.

2. Driving beyond legal speed limits.

3. Driving beyond the driver's ability.

4. Driving too fast despite bad state of the vehicle.

Overspeeding is driving very fast beyond safe limits.

There is a popular saying that speed kills.

Aside the dangers that overspeeding pose to life, it has other negative impact on the health of the vehicle, health of people and economy of the vehicle owner and the society.


Reasons why people overspeed

1. They want to arrive early.

2. They are racing with other drivers.

3. They derive pleasure in high-speed driving.

4. They are ignorant of the risks that comes with overspeeding.

5. Some people are more comfortable with high speed driving.

6. Lack of speed limit laws and enforcement.

7. Some people pride themselves in high speed driving in order to impress others.

8. Some people speed excessively to feel the power of their vehicles.

9. Disregard for the law.


Disadvantages and dangers of excessive speeding

1. It increases wear and tear on the engine and its components.

At high speeds, the stress on the engine and parts increases because there is more shear, more temperature and more load.

2. Fluids degrade faster

At high speeds, fluids like engine and transmission oils are under high temperature and shear stresses which makes them to degrade faster. They thin out more under these harsh conditions.

3. Suspension and brake components wear faster

At high speeds, a vehicle hits bumps and potholes harder and they also corner harder affecting the lifespan of suspension parts negatively. Brake pads and discs also wear faster due to more brake force that is needed.

4. Time needed to avoid a crash is reduced

In the event of a need to avoid crash, fast driving reduces the time needed to react correctly to avoid an accident.

5. Other road users are put at risk

The faster you drive, the more other road users are endangered. Pedestrians are at a very high risk as a result of overspeeding vehicles.

6. Increased fuel consumption

Fast driving increases fuel consumption. Beyond a certain speed, fuel consumption increased astronomically.

7. You may spend more time on the journey

Imagine a distance which a full tank should be used. Excessive speeding might make it necessary to buy fuel along the way. If for instance, there are delays maybe due to queue, someone who is traveling at normal speeds and does not need to refuel might arrive earlier.

8. Increased tire wear

High speed driving involves quick acceleration and sudden braking. This make tires to wear out faster.