In 2016, the hot topic in driving/traveling seems to be how dangerous driving slowly in the left lane is. A few videos and studies have shown that it’s not speeding that’s the big danger on the road, it’s the constant changing lane caused by slow drivers, especially those in the left lane. So this idea that law enforcement is going to continue to ‘crackdown’ on speeders as if they are the biggest danger to ever roam the roads is starting to feel so outdated. For further vindication for those who believe that speed limits are maybe a little too strictly enforced — a recently study shows that strict enforcement is actually dangerous.
This study comes from the University of Australia, and the basis is that people are getting hung up on their speed, for fear of getting pulled over, and not concentrating on anything else. The researchers tested this theory on 84 drivers in a driving simulator. Each was told they would get a fine for exceeding a certain speed limit, and the team measured visual and mental response to dots in the peripheral. Those who were told they had to abide by the lowest speed limit had the worst responses to the dots.
Think of the dots as animals, other drivers, and road hazards. If you’re so nervous about speeding instead of driving at a speed you’re comfortable with naturally, you’re going to miss a deer entering the road, or another driver beginning to enter your lane.
Doesn’t this mean that speed traps contribute to distracted driving?