Speeding on the roads

Nobody wants to become a statistic

Over 300 drivers aged 20-29 were killed or injured on Scotland’s roads in 2019. A huge majority of these accidents were caused by speeding.

Stats show that driving even slightly above the speed limit can significantly increase your chances of having an accident.

So why do people speed? Is it about saving a few minutes off a journey? Keeping up with your mates in the car in front? Hardly seems worth it especially if you have precious cargo in the car, like Gran!

What is the speed limit?

The speed limit is not a target. It’s the maximum speed permissible on any given road.

It can happen that you drift over the speed limit when you’re driving. Check your speedometer regularly and drive to the conditions of the road to avoid putting yourself, and your passengers in danger.

How to stay in control

Road conditions can change in an instant.

To stay in control, reduce your speed and look out for things like on-coming traffic, poor weather conditions, and more vulnerable road users, such as cyclists and pedestrians. It’s also useful to recognise what encourages you to speed. Is it keeping up with traffic, overtaking, or being tailgated?

Remember, you are in control of your car and your speed. Drive like Gran’s in the car #DRIVESMART.


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