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Safe Driving Speeds

Too much speed is causes many crashes on the roads. The faster you go always increases your
stopping distance. Not being able to stop in time clearly means you are travelling to fast. The damage caused always increases as your speed is higher. At best you put your vehicle under great stress – or huge unnecessary repair bills need to be paid or worse loss of precious life can be the cost.

Simply driving at 35mph you're twice as likely to kill someone as when travelling at 30mph.

Speed Limits

Speed limits are the MAXIMUM speed you can travel, YOU MUST use your common sense as Traffic and Travelling conditions will often reduce your safe speed well below the set maximum speed limit.

Driving too fast is simply travelling too fast for the road and traffic conditions.

Travelling at 30mph in a populated area is fine when hazards are at a minimum; however 30mph along a busy shopping area is foolish given the amount of pedestrians about.

20mph speed limits are now very popular in order to combat this problem, especially near schools and residential areas.

Speed Limits on Different Types of Roads:

Built up areas:

  • Cars: 30mph
  • Buses: 30mph
  • Goods Vehicles (7.5tonnes+): 30mph

Single carriageways

  • Cars: 60mph
  • Buses: 50mph
  • Goods Vehicles(7.5tonnes+): 40mph

Dual carriageways

  • Cars: 70mph
  • Buses: 60mph
  • Goods Vehicles (7.5tonnes+): 50mph

Motorways

  • Cars: 70mph
  • Buses: 70mph
  • Goods Vehicles(7.5tonnes+): 60mph
Lazer tip
 
 
Always be able to stop in the area you can see to be clear in front of your vehicle!

 
     

On ANY ROAD YOU ARE ON leaving a 2 second gap between you and the vehicle in front is keeping you at a safe distance between both vehicles.

 

QUESTION!

How do you know the time and distance is safe between vehicles?

  • Observe the vehicle in front pass something notable (Tree-Signpost-Bridge etc)
  • Count the seconds from the noted point (Tree-Signpost-Bridge etc). From the time the vehicle in front passes your reference point until the time you get to the same point. You could use the very popular poem “Only a fool breaks the two second rule”. This takes two seconds to say, if you pass the noted point before your finish the poem you are travelling to close, make the gap larger to create your safe separation distance.
  • No matter what road you are on if less than two seconds you are too close.
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