Slow down! There’s a strong relationship between speed and accidents.
Going over the speed limit means you’ll have less time to react to hazards and your stopping distance is increased. If the worst happens, and you are involved in an accident, the faster you go the more damage you’ll do – or worse, the greater the injuries you could inflict.
Remember – the speed limit is the legal maximum speed for that road. It doesn’t necessarily mean it’s safe to drive at that speed, you’ll need to judge the conditions.
You can improve your speeding score by making sure you are within the legal speed limit for the road which you’re driving on, but also consider other factors:
- Just because a road is limited at 60 mph, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t reduce your speed for hazards such as sharp bends.
- If you are sharing the road with pedestrians, cyclists, horse riders and motorcyclists, reduce your speed to give yourself enough time to look at what’s around you, and to be able to react, should anything unexpected happen.
- When there are harsh or severe weather conditions, stopping distances will be greater, you’ll also have less control of your car, so you’ll be a safer driver if you slow down.
- Driving at night makes it more difficult to see other road users, so slowing down gives you more time to react to what’s around you.
Easy does it! It’s widely accepted that many accidents are a result of dangerous or risky driving manoeuvres, and driving aggressively.
You can help to improve your Acceleration score by accelerating gently and driving smoothly. This could save you money by improving your score, and you’ll use less fuel too!
When you need to stop or slow down, decelerate smoothly to allow yourself more time to think about what’s coming up on the road ahead.
Change gear earlier; try changing up at an engine speed of around 2,000 rpm in a diesel car or around 2,500 rpm in a petrol car, this will help you think about your speed and also cut your fuel bill.
Don’t leave it to the last minute! Give yourself enough time to think about what’s coming up on the road ahead. The safest way to brake is early and lightly, then gradually braking more firmly until you stop.
Only a fool breaks the 2 second rule! In dry, clear and non-hazardous conditions you should allow at least 2 seconds between your car and the car in front, this will allow time for you to brake safely.
Think about the weather conditions too, on wet roads you should double the usual distance and even more on icy or snow covered roads.