Depending on when and where, driving too slowly can be just as dangerous as speeding. We’ll explain why and offer some tips on safely avoiding overly cautious drivers.
The slowdown lowdown: why slow driving can be dangerous
When slow drivers linger in the left lane of multilane roads, you may be forced to pass on the right, causing confusion and disorganization that can lead to accidents.
Turning a corner and quickly catching up to a slow driver creates dangers in residential areas, too. You may need to stop suddenly, which can start a chain reaction of braking that could lead to accidents or road rage.
Because of the accident risk involved, it’s important to avoid driving significantly slower than other drivers and to stay aware of drivers on the crawl.
For these reasons and more, you’ll often see minimum speed limits posted on roads and highways. Those caught driving below the minimum speed limit can be charged with a moving violation for blocking or impeding traffic. In New York state, for example, a first-time fine for driving too slowly is $195 — more than some speeding tickets. And in California, a car on a 2-lane road with 5 or more vehicles behind it is required to pull into a designated turnout area to alleviate the jam.
Slow-driving violations and your car insurance
Since your driving history’s one factor in determining what you pay for car insurance, a slow-driving violation can impact your rate much like speeding tickets or other moving violations.