Road safety and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist is advising drivers to stay within speed limits on all journeys. GEM says that this is a key part of reducing casualties and accidents on our roads.
The advice comes as police officers come together with colleagues across Europe for a week of heightened speed checks using a variety of enforcement tools.
GEM road safety officer Neil Worth said;
“One of the most important things we can all do when at the wheel is to drive within the speed limit at all times on journeys. It’s a vital part of taking personal responsibility for our own safety – and that of others – when we are driving.
“That’s because research categorically shows that reduced speeds mean fewer collisions, and reduced severity of collisions. For example, an overall 1mph reduction in speed results in an average five per cent reduction in collisions.”
But driving within speed limits cannot make us safe on its own, according to Neil Worth;
“We need to ensure that we’re alert, observant and courteous at all times, that we use well maintained cars and that we always keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front. This can make all the difference, not only for us as drivers but also for those who share the roads with us.”
Top tips 5 for slowing down as police ramp up speed checks across Europe
- Don’t rush journeys; leave earlier to ensure you have plenty of time, giving you no reason to speed.
- Keep a keen eye out for speed limit signs, watching for clues that the speed limit may soon be about to change.
- Scan your speedometer frequently so you always know your own speed.
- Ask yourself if your speed is both legal and safe, bearing in mind that the speed limit a limit, not a target – there will often be circumstances when you will feel safer driving below the limit.
- Remember that the new, higher penalties could result in more serious speeding offenders facing fines of up to 150 per cent of their weekly salary, with six penalty points and/or disqualifications of between seven and 56 days