Speed Limits

Speed Limits

Speed is a major cause of road crashes. The faster you drive a car the longer it will take you to stop. If you don't stop in time then you were travelling too fast. The faster you hit something, the greater the effect of the impact.

If you're driving at 35mph you're twice as likely to kill someone as you're at 30mph. A speed limit is the maximum speed you can drive at, however you have to use your common sense as the speed limit isn't always the safe speed.

Driving too fast doesn't always mean going over the speed limit. It can mean driving at a speed that's not safe for the road conditions. For example, driving at 30mph along a busy shopping street with lots of people around is too fast. Because of this problem, the 20mph limit is being used more and more in built up areas, especially around schools and on residential streets.

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