A lot of attention has been paid recently to the dangers of distracted driving. In fact, a December report by the National Transportation Safety Board stated that distracted driving is now causing more vehicle crashes than driving under the influence of alcohol.

However, just because distracted driving is dangerous that doesn’t mean that it is the only hazard facing today’s drivers. In fact, some of the most rampant causes of accidents are the things we take for granted. Like our own ability as a driver.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration although traffic fatalities have been declining, more than one third of all vehicle crashes are still caused by nothing more complicated than speeding. That’s right, the speed of your vehicle, which you control, is the most likely cause of your next accident.

A new report by the Governors Highway Safety Association, called Survey of the States: Speeding and Aggressive Driving, states that speeding, and aggressive driving are still causing a number of traffic fatalities every year. The report goes as far as to suggest that all states make laws which specifically address aggressive driving and speeding. However, the report also points out that public indifference to the hazard is what has caused the problem in the first place.

Apparently not enough people have attended traffic school, or they would understand just how dangerous speeding and aggressive driving are. There is never a good time to exceed the posted speed limit. And as for driving aggressively, if you can’t control your own feelings how can you expect to be able to control a 4,000 pound piece of metal, plastic and glass?

Speed limits are not just a good idea, they are the law. Plus, safe speeds are determined by evaluating how well a vehicle can handle a particular stretch of road without the driver losing control.