On the flip side, sometimes a good way to slow things down is to speed up. This is a strategy best employed on large, busy streets, highways and interstates. Football players and racers frequently talk about “slowing it down.” They do not mean actually slowing anything down, but rather a perceptional change. When things are flying at you, surprising and overwhelming, it seems like its all going too fast. Which is exactly what can happen when you’re going at or near the speed of traffic on a busy road, with cars constantly coming at you in your mirrors and a bunch of other cars hanging out near you.