Drive 5km / 5mph Slower and Save More Lives

Driving 5km slower can literally be the difference between life and death. I am not suggesting that you drive 5km below the speed but rather not to drive 5km over the speed limit. There is a reason why the speed limit is what it is in the US and Canada. Studies take into account the response time and the distance to stop that is needed in the event of sudden braking.

If the speed limit is 60km/hr (35 mph) and you are driving 65km/hr (40 mph) the distance it takes you to stop between the two different speeds can be drastic. Lets say there are two cars travelling one going 60 and the other 65, suddenly a car pulls out of its driveway or a child runs into the street. If both cars are traveling side by side and they brake at exactly the same time where the car that is driving 60km would manage to get the speed down to about 5km when it hits the pedestrian or car, the other car driving at 65km would impact at about 30km – a speed fast enough to be fatal.

As the videos (from Australia) below will show you, a 5km difference in your initial speed results in literally 27km difference in your break speed.

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6 Responses

  1. daniel says:

    i liked your post, its a very good idea to keep us and our kids safe.

  2. Jamie says:


    Welcome back. I’ve enjoyed your posts in the past.

  3. Eric says:

    Hey thanks. Yeah its been over three years since my last post. Just goes to show you that you can always come back to it when you have the time. I think I am going to write a post on how I got myself to write a post after procrastinating for almost four years.

  4. Jan says:

    Great article. Really makes you think twice about speeding. Though I dont understand the point in the video about wiping off half your speed in the last 5km.

  5. Pat says:

    Great read. Truly an eye opener. very frightening indeed.

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