Driving too fast

Driving too fast on the roads in Scotland.

For secondary school levels:

  • S4
  • S5
  • S6

Driving too fast

Speed is one of the main factors in fatal road accidents. Just a few mph over the limit could be the difference between life and death.

Sharp bends, unexpected hazards, and vehicles coming out of junctions all present dangers on the road. Dangers that can’t be avoided if you’re driving too fast.

Class activity: Consider the following questions solo, in pairs, or in a group.

  1. Should the government increase or reduce the speed limit on motorways. If so, to what?
  2. Why do you think car manufacturers design cars to go at 155 mph when the limit in Scotland is 70mph?
  3. There are no medals for law abiding drivers but how are they are rewarded in other ways?
  4. Do you think people will always speed? What could you do to get them to stop speeding?
  5. Have you ever been a passenger in a car that was speeding? How did it make you feel? Have you ever felt unsafe in a car?
  6. What kind of music encourages drivers to speed?
  7. Why does speed feel different when you’re a passenger compared to being the driver?
  8. Some people feel awkward about asking the driver to slow down. Why is that?
  9. What could happen if you speed on a country road? What obstacles might you come across?
  10. What might happen if you speed in a town or a city? What obstacles are you likely to come across?
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