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Slower is Safer.

For all of our 25 years in business, NATCO has remained committed to safe, legal, and insured freight delivery. With an emphasis on safe.

Most centrally, that includes safety for our carriers. If they’re safe, the chances are excellent that the customer delivery will arrive safely. So, we’ve never, ever promised that a movement of freight will be delivered yesterday.

On Highway Speed Limits

NATCO: Safety First

States imposed a 55 mph speed limit in the 1970s in response to the energy crisis. It was tied to the federal government threatening to withhold road repair funding if they did not comply.

The idea was threefold:

  1. to reduce gas consumption (slower reduces use)
  2. to reduce accidents (slower means safer)
  3. to reduce wear and tear on the roads (faster wears away paving)

Since then, the speed limit has crept upward across the nation. Some states and counties impose “truck speed limits” that are typically lower than other passenger vehicles. The idea here is simple: a truck requires more time to speed up and turn and slow down. Slower is safer.

When there’s a greater differential in speed limit regulation between passenger vehicles and trucks, the percentage of accidents increases. From Wikipedia:

“A 1987 study said that crash involvement significantly increases when trucks drive much slower than passenger vehicles, suggesting that the difference in speed between passenger vehicles and slower trucks could cause crashes that otherwise may not happen.”

With that, we read with concern about the Nebraska State Legislature’s steps toward raising the state highway and expressway speed limit from 75 to 80 mph.

In response, the Nebraska Trucking Association has campaigned to exclude I-80 from that increase in speed limit. As Nebraska Trucking Association President Kent Grisham told our friends at Transport Topics:

“We were concerned about really increasing the speed differential between cars and trucks to where it could really impact safety. We know that four-wheel drivers are much more aggressive when the speed differential gets larger. In addition to safety, there is a cost with a bigger speed differential. It increases the frequency and the severity of accidents, and that can have a huge economic impact. In addition to safety concerns there is a dollar figure here too.”