Speeding accounts for almost a third of all traffic accidents and is a leading indicator of poor driving behavior. As such, it is one of the main contributors to the Samsara Safety Score. Here are a few common questions that address how Samsara factors speeding into the Safety Score.
Is there a grace threshold of speeding over the speed limit? In other words, if I’m going 31 in a 30, does that count as speeding?
There is a buffer of 5 mph over any posted speed limit before Samsara considers a vehicle speeding. That means that drivers can drive up to 65 mph on a 60 mph road before being marked as speeding and that any time spent over that threshold will then be calculated into their safety score.
Is there a grace period for the time spent over the speed limit? In other words, do you start counting speeding immediately after I cross a threshold?
Beyond the 5 mph buffer in calculating speeding, there is no grace period after crossing the speed limit before Samsara counts time spent over the speed limit.
Can I be alerted when my drivers are speeding?
Yes. You can set alerts against posted speed limits or specified thresholds from the alerts page. To learn more, you can read about Speed Alerts here.
Driver A is driving 67 mph on a road with a speed limit of 65 mph for 5 minutes.
This will not calculate any time spent over the speed limit.
Driver B is driving 68 mph on a road with a speed limit of 65 mph. The driver then goes 71 mph for a minute and then goes back to 68 mph.
This will be calculated as 1 minute of time spent over the speed limit.