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Is Driving Slow Unsafe?

When people think of receiving a ticket for unsafe driving, they think of speeding. Speeding is well-known for being a factor in many serious traffic accidents. However, can driving too slowly also cause problems? Traffic officials consider driving too slowly a traffic hazard, and it can place yourself and others at risk of injury on the road. While slow drivers may not run quite as high a risk of collision as individuals who speed, their actions may inadvertently lead to accidents.

Traffic Tickets for Driving Too Slowly

Slow driving presents such a hazard that, in some states, a motorist moving well below the speed limit can be pulled over for a traffic violation. Police officials note that while it's uncommon, you really can get a ticket if excessively slow driving blocks traffic or creates a road hazard. The most essential tool drivers have for preventing accidents on the road is common sense. Driving too quickly or slowly is never a good idea and should be avoided whenever possible.

While laws vary between states, many have statutes that prohibit driving too slowly. While a law might not use the exact phrasing “driving too slowly,” they typically describe this habit as failing to move with the flow of traffic. Usually, law enforcement will allow cars to drive slowly in the far-right lane and will only cite individuals driving too slow in the fast lane. However, if a car is driving so slowly that regular traffic is approaching them at dangerous rate, a person in the slow lane could receive a citation.

Common Types of Dangerous Slow Drivers

Distracted Drivers

Distracted drivers are perhaps most known for colliding with other vehicles or having accidents involving pedestrians. However, these drivers might also fail to notice the speed of their vehicle, placing others at risk as a result.

New Drivers

Driving can be intimidating for drivers who are still new to the road. When a new driver first merges with a highway or freeway, they might drive slower than other cars, assuming that they are being safe. Being alert and patient is the best way to deal with new drivers who are driving too slowly.


Tourists and those who are interested in something happening on or near a road may slow down unexpectedly and without realizing it. Those who live in popular tourist destinations or near a distracting object should be ready to encounter slow drivers.

Senior Citizens

The phrase “driving like a grandma” is popular for a reason. Aging slows down drivers because of factors like poor vision, sore joints, and other physical limitations experienced by senior citizens. Just as with new drivers, being proactive and patient around a slow senior driver will help to prevent accidents.

Slow Drivers & Traffic Accidents

A driver who insists on moving along well below the speed limit may incite other drivers to overtake them, particularly if the driver is at the head of traffic on a two-lane road. While only the passing motorist will be blamed if a collision results from this action, the slow motorist has certainly played a part in the accident. All drivers should consider how their actions, including the speed they travel at, will affect the safety of the people with whom they share the road.

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries during a motor vehicle accident caused by another person's unsafe actions, you may be entitled to compensation. The Houston motor vehicle accident attorneys from Arnold & Itkin have successfully recovered billions of dollars in victories for clients. We know that car accidents change lives, and we fight to earn clients the financial stability they deserve and need for recovery.


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