When I first got my car, I was nervous yet excited to go onto the motorway. I liked the idea of having a long stretch of road where you could go fast and get to places quicker. Unfortunately, my car is old and although it can accelerate well and maintain a high speed, it evidently struggles so I had to make the decision to drive at least 10mph (16km/h) slower than the speed limit (70mph), for my car's health. In doing so, I've noticed some benefits that I don't think many have discovered. Everyone around me seems to be in a rush; overtaking everyone, breaking the speed limit and getting impatient with slow vehicles. I'm sure some of you are one of those manic drivers so take some time to read through the benefits of driving slower and give it a try one day!
Driving slower can save you in fuel and may save you money in the long run. Cars require more fuel to accelerate and maintain a high speed. If your car is fairly old like mine and struggles with high speed, it's going to use more fuel so going at a slower speed that your car can manage could reduce your fuel usage.
Have you ever driven on the motorway/highway and wished that the lane you were on was completely clear ahead of you, so you wouldn't have to overtake all the time? Going slower means you're more likely to have a clear lane ahead of you because most people are going faster than you. Try driving on the motorway/highway without overtaking once on your journey and see what happens!
The most obvious benefit of going slower is making yourself safer. You'll be able to stop earlier if need be, you're more aware of what's going on around you, you can respond to changes on the road quicker and reduce the chance of you having an accident considerably.
When you're going faster, you have to pay more attention to the road and trying to get somewhere faster, you barely pay attention to the scenery around you. I've had more enjoyable drives from driving slower due to paying attention to the sounds and sights around me, even seeing things I drive past every day, for the first time because I never noticed them before and feeling the sun shine down on me whilst I enjoy the music. Suddenly the world of driving enriches and you enjoy the moment more, something many of us don't do because we're always too busy. Driving is the one time you can get away from life, people, your responsibility and provides the sense of freedom, so why shouldn't we try to enjoy it more? Sometimes you'll come across people going the same speed as you and others will follow behind you, resulting in a nice, relaxed convoy of cars to form, going along in one lane together.
So, next time you go onto the motorway/highway, consider driving slower than you normally would and you may see and feel the benefits! :)