Hopefully I’ve caught you before you’ve left for your Thanksgiving travels. If so, pay attention. If not, I hope you didn’t get a speeding ticket!
One of the Busier Travel Days of the Year
Thanksgiving is one of the busier travel days of the year. Many people travel to visit family either for a few days or just for dinner on Thanksgiving day. Some people fly and others drive but I’d say most people have to drive at least part of the way unless they take a taxi.
Whenever you drive there is always a chance you’ll pass a police officer and there is a chance that officer will be looking for speeders. If you’re not careful you might end up with a ticket.
I know some people speed on purpose because most police officers allow a fudge factor for a certain amount of miles per hour over the speed limit. If you’re one of these people this tip can still, potentially, help you out.
Then there are others, like myself, who never intend on speeding but don’t constantly stare at the speedometer because the road and your surroundings are more important than staring at your speedometer. Occasionally your foot or the flow of traffic will get the best of you. When you glance at your speedometer you realize you’re speeding… whoops!
Whoops! Was That a Police Officer?
In either of these cases let’s pretend you fly by a police officer without noticing you were going faster than the police officer’s fudge factor. The lights and siren go on and the officer pulls up behind you. You pull over and realize that he’s not going to let you off.
You just got a speeding ticket on the way to visit your family for Thanksgiving. So much for a happy holiday. Now you have less money to spend on Christmas presents or anything else you were planning to spend money on in the next month because you have to write a check for speeding.
This Could Have Been Prevented With One Easy Step
Yes, going the speed limit is the obvious answer but we all know we don’t stare at the speedometer the whole time. Instead, let your car do the thinking for you. If you have a vehicle with cruise control, how often do you use it? I use mine all the time to prevent me from speeding and you should too!
All you have to do is click a couple buttons and the car will maintain your current speed. I use cruise control on my way to and from work every day to make sure I don’t go over the slow 35 mph speed limit.
It can also prevent you from going with the flow on the interstate where people sometimes speed 15-20 mph over the speed limit. It is so easy to do when you’re on a straight road with no traffic lights and cruise control will help you avoid falling into that trap.
Cruise control isn’t perfect though so you should still check your speed. My car will speed up a mile per hour or two whenever I go down a steep hill. I also never use my cruise control in the rain to prevent hydroplaning.
Does your car have cruise control? If so, do you ever use it? Why or why not?