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The Danger of the Thrill

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Risk the danger or enjoy the thrill of the ride? (Photo by Skitterphoto via Pixabay licensed under Creative Commons)

Risk the danger or enjoy the thrill of the ride? (Photo by Skitterphoto via Pixabay licensed under Creative Commons)

Risk the danger or enjoy the thrill of the ride? (Photo by Skitterphoto via Pixabay licensed under Creative Commons)

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People these days love to drive fast. Whether for the thrill, the excitement, the adrenaline, or the opportunity to act recklessly, it gives people the feeling of freedom. It makes them feel alive, like they are truly living their life by the “YOLO” statement that so many people long to live by. While this thrill seeking behavior can provide utter enjoyment, depending on the speed limit at which the vehicle is driven, the act of driving fast can be illegal and could result in an imprudent death.

The highest speed limit in the United States is 85 mph, and in South Carolina it is 70 mph. What doesn’t seem to make much sense, is that cars are manufactured to go upwards of 100 mph, based on the speedometer, yet if drivers engage at this speed, they are disobeying laws. Also, if they’re caught, they can get in serious trouble with the police. In addition, if they get in a wreck, they could possibly harm themselves or others.

So, why is it that people put themselves in harm’s way when they know it’s wrong and that it could potentially end their own life? The likely answer is the statement above about the feelings which speeding provides for someone. However, is it really worth putting oneself in harm’s way just for the “thrill of the ride”? Some would say yes, while others may see it as extremely idiotic. It all depends on the person and their perspective on what they want to get out of life.

While it is one’s own decision to drive whatever speed they’d like, this doesn’t dismiss the fact that it’s illegal to drive over the speed limit. If the law is to not drive over the speed limit, should cars be allowed to go so fast? What is the point in manufacturing a car with high speeds, if when the driver drives at his car’s maximum speed, he is breaking the law?

Why do manufacturers promote speed through the way in which they make cars? This problem of extreme speeding could be eliminated if they would simply manufacture cars with top speeds of about 15 mph over the highest speed limit. This way people wouldn’t have the chance to harm themselves or anyone around them as seriously as if they were going way over 100 mph. Since people obviously already struggle to obey the laws set before them, eliminating temptations to do so would likely help a lot. This doesn’t mean people will not be able to speed; it just means they can’t speed as fast.

While this may help cause fewer accidents, people may be upset that they cannot drive as fast as they could before. They may feel that they have lost their opportunity to feel free, and that they have been cheated by car companies. Even though speeding past the speed limit is illegal, everyone knows that a lot of people still do it and will continue to do it every day.

Maybe cars being made to go fast isn’t what’s bad or wrong but rather the choices people make when they have that privilege. People like to brag about how fast their car can go. They like to race. They like to feel that amazing feeling described above. What must be considered before speeding, though, is if it’s worth it and what the consequences are. Whether it be a ticket or a car accident, the driver literally holds the key. Maybe they get away with it and nothing happens, but that doesn’t mean something will not happen eventually. It also doesn’t mean that they won’t get in an accident due to someone else’s decisions. The danger of the thrill is up to them.

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