Speed Adjustment Based on Surroundings
As a defensive driver, it is important to know when it is necessary to change your speed. After all, speed limits are meant to be adhered to only during ideal conditions. When traveling through rain, wind, fog, darkness, standing water or on slick roads, you will need additional time to respond to different situations. Similarly, if you experience a vehicle emergency such as tire, brake or steering failure, you will need to slow your car in order to safely pull yourself out of traffic. As you can see, there are many environmental and vehicle-related instances that you may encounter that would require you to adjust your speed. However, there are plenty of other reasons why you might need to do this.[/vc_column_text][vc_text_separator title=”School Zones” title_align=”separator_align_left”][vc_column_text]
When you enter into a school zone, the typical speed limit is 20 mph. However, the speed limit is often reduced further when there are children in the area. If you see a school zone sign with a flashing yellow light, it is warning you to use caution. Before resuming the previous posted speed, you will pass an “END SCHOOL ZONE” sign.[/vc_column_text][vc_text_separator title=”School Buses” title_align=”separator_align_left”][vc_column_text]
If you notice a school bus ahead of you slowing down and extending their stop signs, that is your cue to stop. You should pay very close attention to school buses since they may be loading or unloading children. It may feel aggravating to be stuck behind a bus, but attempting to pass a stopped or stopping school bus is not a smart option. In fact, doing so can result in some hefty fines and a 4-point infraction.[/vc_column_text][vc_text_separator title=”Construction Zones” title_align=”separator_align_left”][vc_column_text]
Construction areas often have posted speed limit signs, just as school zones do. If you are approaching a construction zone, you should be watchful for signs. Keep in mind that regardless of whether or not workers are present, you still must follow them! Make sure that in these areas, you travel the posted speed limit until you see a sign indicating “END WORK ZONE SPEED LIMIT.”[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]
Why This Matters
In these areas, you would never want to speed. Especially when you realize that the fines for speeding through these areas can be simply outrageous. Did you know that in Hillsborough County, speeding 1-9 miles over the speed limit can result in a $150 fine? If you were to speed more 10-14 mph over the speed limit, you would be looking at a ticket with a fine of around $300. Some areas, such as construction zones, have doubled fines, just in case those numbers weren’t bad enough. The main point though, is that you wouldn’t want to hit a child, road worker or get a ticket. This is why learning about speed adjustment is such a monumental concept.