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Is speeding worth it?

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Time has not been your friend lately. Christmas is around the corner and you have not quite completed everything to make this holiday enjoyable for your family. You are finding yourself looking at the clock, constantly seeing that you are running late. You find yourself speeding while you drive whenever you have the chance. In the back of your mind is a quiet voice telling you this is a bad idea. However, you reason you only have a short amount of time to do last minute Christmas shopping. You might think since this particular road is dry, no harm can come of this speeding. Also, you’re alone in the car and you are able to make good time. However, the minute you see on the side of the snowy road another car that slid off and is on its side makes you reduce your speed to the correct one.
With this quick wake-up call, you are also reminded how there have been many stories in the news recently related to speeding. In South Carolina, there was a video of a school bus driver who was driving at too fast a speed that he lost control of the bus. Luckily a couple of fast-thinking teachers stepped in and took control over the bus again. If your child’s school bus driver did that, you would be incensed with anger. Yet, here you were pressing the pedal down.
Another sad story about the dangers of speeding was the untimely death of Paul Walker, star of the Fast and Furious movies. It was an unfortunate reminder that no matter the distance to drive, speeding is not safe at all.
Finally, you ask yourself what would you say if your child was driving at this speed? Would you accept their rationale that they were in a rush and trying to shave some time? Or would you chastise them to be a cautious driver, especially in this wintery weather? This is the time to basically be the parent to yourself and heed the voice of reason in your head.
Suddenly, you realize that there is no excuse to test the speed limits. It would be better to be a few minutes late and arrive alive to your destination.



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