Plenty of studies have shown that distracted driving is a leading cause of critical vehicle accidents not just in California but across the country. A new study finds, however, that the combination of being in a hurry and being distracted can increase your chances of life-changing injuries significantly. A recent traffic study completed by PennDOT was used to identify tools to allow officers to catch people who are speeding. Aggressive driving and speeding were identified as key causes in a large number of Pennsylvania accidents.

During winter weather and added drive times due to high traffic, allow extra time in your commute or your own road trip. Being in a hurry could spike accident risks.

Being in a hurry can pull your focus away from the road and make it more difficult to control your vehicle. If you are trying to speed to get to your destination, you may endanger others on the road and this can lead to catastrophic accidents and injuries. Speeding may not save you much time in terms of arrival but it can make things much more deadly for those sharing the road with you.

Cyclists, motorcyclists, pedestrians and passengers and other cars face a higher risk of being involved in a serious accident when you are not paying attention and when you are engaged in speeding at the same time. This combination of dangerous behavior is never worth it and should be avoided at all costs.