May 4, 2018 9:30 AM, EDT

Speeders More Likely to Practice Other Unsafe Behavior

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Truck driving video analysis firm SmartDrive Systems reports that drivers who speed are three times more likely than their nonspeeding peers to practice unsafe following distances, 45% more likely to be in a near collision and 2½ times more likely to be distracted while driving.

SmartDrive’s latest SmartIQ report focuses on speeding by using its database of more than 220 million analyzed and scored driving events.

The San Diego-based firm also found that speeders are 54% more likely to cross the median or center line of the road, more likely to fail to comply with stop signs and red lights, and more likely to engage in unsafe lane changing, merging, passing and braking.

SmartDrive’s free SmartIQ Speeding Drivers Snapshot for Truckers includes these stats along with data on speeding and crash and maintenance costs, along with speeding’s impact on fuel efficiency.

The snapshot also features:

• An interactive map that shows the interstates with the best and worst speeding scores;

• A state-by-state list of the interstates on which most speeding occurs;

• Search by road name to find out more about truck drivers’ most often-used routes.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 27% of all fatal automobile crashes involve drivers who were speeding and that speeding-related fatalities rose 4% from 2015 to 2016.