Speeding and speed limits
Driving at the incorrect speed for the road your are traveling on can make you twice as likely to be involved in a fatal road accident than even a drunk driver. The introduction of speed cameras has been proven to reduce the number of speed related accidents, despite being regarded with disdain by many drivers.
Despite the efforts of many road safety campaigns there are still some motorists that pay scant regard to the rules, and at the end of the day, this attitude puts us all at risk.
Why are speed limits necessary?
This may seem like a ridiculous question to some, but clearly there are still people out there who fail to understand why they are necessary. Taking the 30 mph speed limit in built up areas as an example, did you realise that a child is twice as likely to die by being hit at 40mph than at 30mph? This is just one example of why we all should take speed restrictions very seriously. Remember that if you cause a death or serious injury, you will have to live with the consequences for the rest of your life.
Can you drive too slowly?
Well the answer is yes. Unless you have a valid safety related reason to drive significantly slower than the limit for a road, you should try to drive within 20mph of the indicated speed limit. Causing a large tailback without good reason can lead to frustration for drivers behind you, encouraging them to take unnecessary overtaking risks.
What are the UK speed limits?
These are the current speed restrictions for UK roads:-
- Unless indicated otherwise, the speed limit for urban areas with street lighting is 30mph
- For single carriageway roads the national speed limit is 60mph
- For dual carriageways and motorways the national speed limit is 70mph
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