‘Slow Down’ Safety Tips: How to stop speeding


Relax yourself before driving:

Being anxious or angry can make you drive more erratically. Maintaining control is key to resisting the urge to speed. Before you start your vehicle, relax by taking some deep breaths. As you drive, try listening to light music such as classical instead of tense-sounding music like hip-hop or hard rock. Focus on the road and let go of negative, emotion-laden thoughts.

Leave earlier so you don’t rush to your destination. 

Many people speed because they feel like they’re running late. Don’t put yourself in a situation where you feel pressured to get to work or an appointment on time. Take care of tasks at home, such as preparing breakfast or choosing an outfit, ahead of time. Give yourself plenty of time to get to where you need to go.

Pay close attention to the speedometer:

Occasional glances at the speedometer will keep you in check. Take a quick look down to see how fast you’re going. Adjust your speed accordingly. Remember to keep your glances brief so your eyes stay focused on the road.

Drive a little bit under the speed limit.

Dropping 5 mph (8 km/h) won’t significantly decrease your travel time. Staying aware of the speed limit and choosing to stay below it reduces your chances of accidentally going over it. Even if you notice a big difference at first, you’ll adjust the more you drive at the reduced speed.

Figure out the cost for speeding.

Going faster than 65 mph (105 km/h) burns more fuel and causes more wear and tear to your vehicle. Even if money isn’t an issue, think of the cost in lives. Your speeding is a risk to yourself, your passengers, and everyone else on the road. Remember what will happen if you, for example, hit a child who runs out into the street. Now think of how you’d feel if that was your child.


Safety tips from: Accra Metropolitan Assembly and the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety