Is Driving Too Slowly Dangerous?

You know the dangers of driving too fast — losing control, not stopping in time, causing a collision, etc. In 2018, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 9,378 people died in speeding-related vehicle crashes. Speeding endangers everyone on the road but driving too slowly is also dangerous. We take a look at the dangers of driving too slowly.

3 Dangers of Driving Too Slow

The dangers of driving too slowly aren’t as obvious as the risks of speeding but they do exist. Driving much slower than the posted speed limit or driving too slowly in the passing lane can cause dangerous situations on the roadways.

1. Impeding Traffic

Driving slower than the posted speed limit when conditions are normal can impact the flow of traffic and even block lanes. You could even get a ticket for impeding traffic. Additionally, if a driver drives slowly in the left, passing lane it can negatively impact the ability of other vehicles to move smoothly. It’s recommended that slower moving traffic move to the right lane to allow vehicles to pass on the left.

2. Leading Other Drivers to Make Quick Adjustments

Speed limits are posted for a reason. It keeps the traffic moving at a predicted speed. When a vehicle is traveling well under the speed limit, other drivers on the road must make unexpected adjustments. These changes can lead to dangerous actions — stopping or slowing suddenly, abruptly changing lanes or passing on the right side instead of in the passing lane.

3. Increasing the Risk for Road Rage

Road rage is never the appropriate response to any situation on the road but a driver driving slowly in a passing lane is a common annoyance on the road and can quickly drain the patience of fellow drivers.

Safe Driving Comes First

Practicing safe driving habits is every driver’s responsibility. Before you set out on the road, be sure to follow these safe driving tips to help keep everyone safer. Ask your Farm Bureau agent about our Driveology program where your safe driving can save you up to 30% on your premium1.

¹ Savings based on driving behavior. Your savings may vary. Ask your Farm Bureau agent for details.