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Why driving too slowly can be dangerous

On Behalf of | Aug 3, 2022 | Car Accidents, Personal Injury

Everyone knows that it’s dangerous to speed. Speeding makes it harder to stop suddenly, and you may lose control of your vehicle. 

However, many people don’t realize that driving too slowly can be just as dangerous. Learn some of the reasons why this is true here. 

The dangers of driving too slow

While it’s smart to slow down when driving in bad weather, near school buses, people, and animals, you shouldn’t do this under normal conditions. Driving significantly slower than the posted speed limit can impact the flow of traffic and put the safety of others on the road at risk. 

Authorities in Virginia take driving too slowly seriously, and those who do this may receive a citation for $100. This law was enacted in 2018 and has helped to curb the problem, but it still exists. 

Why accidents may occur due to slow driving

Just like speeding, driving too slowly may impede the flow of traffic and create safety hazards for others on the road. This is because a driver who isn’t going with the flow of traffic may cause other drivers to have to slam on their brakes to avoid hitting them from behind. Additionally, drivers moving too slowly may result in vehicles trying to pass in locations where it is not safe to do so. 

Avoid an accident by moving with the flow of traffic

While drivers who go the speed limit are encouraged to stay in the right-hand lane, if you are driving too slowly, even here, you can cause safety risks. If you are involved in an accident that was caused by a driver going too slowly, you have rights. One right is to recover compensation for your injuries and losses. Take steps to protect your rights by gathering evidence and seeking medical attention right away.