The Pros of Variable Speed Limits for Driver Safety
Your morning commute should be the least of your worries every day, yet the seemingly-routine task of getting from Point A to Point B can be one of the biggest stressors that most of us face on a daily basis. It seems as though the moment someone hops behind the wheel of their car, all reason and intelligence fly out the window. And let’s not even get started on what happens when you add road construction or inclement weather into the mix!
That’s why more and more regions are turning to variable speed limits to help smooth out your commute and increase driver safety while on the road. The Ohio Department of Transportation has recently proposed a resolution that can solve many of our driving woes, making your driving experience exponentially safer.
What they would like to see is the introduction of variable speed limits, which means that during certain circumstances, the posted speed limit would drop in 5 mile-per-hour increments to accommodate these driving hazards. Sensors would send feedback on road conditions, and signs would reflect the ideal driving speed. Depending on the severity of the conditions, the speed limit would be either advised or mandatory.
Certain situations that could warrant a variable speed limit could include:
- Road construction
- Icy conditions
- Heavy rains
- Thick fog
- Excessive congestion
Variable speed limits can help minimize quite a few of the frustrating and dangerous conditions that we face while driving, such as stop-and-go traffic, standstills, reduced delays, better flow of traffic during peak travel times, improved safety to road and construction workers, fewer rear-end collisions, and improved capacity on the road.
The lingering question is, are variable speed limits effective? To put it succinctly, yes! One study demonstrated that traffic queues were cut in half, rear-end collisions dropped by 30 percent, and average commute time went up by only 4 to 8 percent.
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