When you ask people why they shouldn’t break the speed limit, they’ll often simply point out that it’s against the law. They may note that you can get serious fines if caught. They may even point out how enough violations could lead to a loss of your driver’s license.

But it’s not all about the law. There are some very practical reasons why you shouldn’t speed, and these are the reasons that the law was made in the first place.

Shortened reaction times

First off, you can’t predict what happens ahead of you. A child could dart into the road and the car ahead of you could slam on the brakes to avoid hitting them. Your reaction time suddenly becomes very important. If you’re speeding, that reaction time is much shorter and an accident is more likely.

Losing control

Speeding can also simply cause you to lose control of the car. This is especially true when going around corners. A lot of rollover accidents happen because people simply fail to slow down enough in a curve.

Much worse injuries

Finally, your injuries will likely be much worse if you’re involved in a crash while speeding than if you get involved in the same crash while driving the speed limit. Weight and speed determine how much energy you bring to that crash. Increasing your speed increases the energy, and that can cause serious harm.

Dangerous drivers

You can follow the speed limit, but there are always going to be dangerous drivers who fail to do so. If you get hit, you may need to seek financial compensation.