We drive close to a constant 60-65 miles per hour when conditions permit, even when the speed limit is 70. It’s a subject to discuss on a later post, but there are numerous reasons to maintain that speed; fuel economy, stopping distance, and equipment longevity. So it’s no real surprise as a steady stream of big trucks and cars blow by our left hand side. We take note that the state imposed speed limit, is in fact a “limit” and not a “requirement.” But on this day another one of our hotshot brothers blew by us on a curve in a nice new Dodge Ram 3500 pulling a 3 car trailer. He was loaded with the “hammer down” running about 80 mph by our guess.
You know what’s coming next, about 15 minutes later we passed him on the side of the road discussing life with a PA State Trooper. As a company dedicated to training drivers and helping guys get into business, we hate to see an event that we know will eventually put a driver out of business.
One of the most expensive and difficult aspects of staying in business with a hotshot rig, is obtaining and maintaining affordable commercial insurance. A major speeding ticket will significantly increase rates, or even cause coverage to be cancelled at renewal. We’ve seen rates for drivers with impaired driving records reach premiums to as high as $2000 per month, clearly unsustainable.
Running at 75-80 miles per hour over a 300 mile run can get you to the destination about an hour sooner than a truck rolling 60-65, but the risk of being put out of business with unaffordable insurance far out-weighs the short term gain realized from running significantly above the speed limit.
Your clean driving record is one of your company’s most valuable assets, that should be protected every day. Oh… one other thing, every mile you drive at home counts too, a speeding ticket in your personal car is just as bad as a commercial ticket.