Take notice of speed limit changes


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  • Keep an eye out for speed limit changes as you drive – it’s easy to end up speeding if you’ve missed a speed sign. A change in speed usually signals a hazard is coming up, such as roadworks, pedestrian crossings, built-up areas or school zones, so make sure you take notice of them.
  • When you’re changing from one speed limit to another, it can take some time to adjust. If you’ve just come off a motorway, going from 70mph to 30mph might feel strange, so make sure you’re paying attention to your speed and aren’t breaking the limit without realising.
  • If you aren’t sure what the speed limit is of the area you’re driving in, there are clues that should let you know. 30mph zones are often residential areas, so you’ll likely see hazards such as pedestrians, cyclists and cars pulling out of driveways. These zones are also usually marked by regular lampposts, so seeing these is a good indicator that the limit is 30mph. In 40mph and 50mph zones, there should be regular signs indicating the speed limit – if you can’t see any signs, you’re probably on a national speed limit road. Remember, single carriageways won’t ever have a limit above 60mph and dual carriageways won’t be above 70mph. It’s important to look out for these indicators if you’re not sure of the speed – that way, you won’t break the speed limit without realising and lower your score.


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