Learning to drive

The impact of speed

Everyone tries to stick to the speed limit when there’s an instructor or examiner watching, but once you pass your test it can be tempting to go that bit quicker. Surely a little bit of extra speed doesn’t matter does it?

The quick truth

The truth about speed may surprise you. Even a slight increase can make a big difference in stopping distances and the impact speed in a collision.

Imagine if a pedestrian – it could be your own friend or maybe a young child – steps out in front of you. AA DriveTech’s research shows that if there’s just enough space to stop from 30mph without hitting the pedestrian, travelling just 2mph faster means you’ll still be moving at 11mph when metal meets flesh and bone.

The impact could easily break the pedestrian’s legs. Hit the brakes from 35mph and you’ll still be doing 18mph at the point of impact. If you’ve allowed you speed to reach 40mph the when you collide with the pedestrian your car will still be moving at 26mph. At that speed, it’s likely that the consequences will be fatal.

Could you live with yourself if you killed someone?

Staying safe can save you cash

Driving at a sensible speed doesn’t just make you safer. It can save money.

  • Obeying the speed limit will contribute to lower insurance bills if you have a telematics policy.
  • Sticking to the limit improves economy, so you pay less for fuel.
  • Get caught speeding and at the very least you’ll get three points a £100 fine. If you’re caught twice in your first two years on the road, that’s enough to cost you your licence.

So, risk your life and other people’s, or stay safe, save cash, and keep your licence? It’s not a difficult choice.

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