Speed Advice

‘Speed is one of the biggest contributory factors in fatal road accidents.’

In 2008, 4,685 people were killed or seriously injured in crashes where a speed contributory factor was reported; 586 of these were fatalities. (Source: Road Casualties Great Britain 2008)

Speeding - it's not impressive

Young drivers were more likely to have a speed related contributory factor reported than those over 25, and more than four times as many male drivers had a speed factor reported as female drivers. 41% of male fatalities aged 16-25 were in collisions where a speed factor was reported.

Speed Limits

The most common reason given by motorists for speeding seems to be “I didn’t know what the speed limit was”. Although this may be a genuine reason, it’s still the responsibility of the driver or rider to know what the speed limit is and obey.

Recognising 30mph

On urban roads and in built up areas, it’s 30mph zones where most motorists seem to make mistakes. 30mph zones do not have repeat reminders of the speed limit because the 30mph speed limit is predominately used in urban areas (and more recently in many villages) and is indicated by the presence of a system of streetlights.

The presence of streetlights is the way we recognise this speed limit and it is the reason why you do not see, apart from where the limit starts, 30mph speed limit signs. Some believe this to be an odd way of indicating a speed limit, but really, it is simple: if there are streetlights and no signs to the contrary, a 30mph speed limit is in force.

Some motorists find it difficult to travel at 30mph and feel it’s not possible to drive within the limit. More often than not, this is due to driving in a higher gear than they need; switch down to 3rd gear and most cars will drive comfortably up to 30mph

The National Speed Limit

The national speed limit is indicated by a round sign showing a white background with a diagonal black stripe across it. For the majority of vehicles it means 60mph on single carriageway roads and 70mph on dual carriageway roads (as detailed above, some vehicles are restricted to lower speed limits).This speed limit works on the same principle as the 30mph speed limit in that it is not signed apart from where the speed limit starts. It is predominately used along the rural road network. Again, recognising it is simple. Where there are no streetlights and no signs to the contrary, the national speed limit is in force. The speed limit on a motorway is 70mph unless otherwise indicated.