GEM’s top tips to keep your speeds legal and safe
GEM Motoring Assist is today issuing a series of simple tips for drivers to ensure they don’t exceed speed limits. This, says GEM, is not only a key part of reducing collisions and casualties on our roads, but it should also help reduce the extra pollution that often accompanies higher speeds. Keeping to legal speeds means there’s no risk of shelling out your hard-earned cash to pay a fine.
A speeding penalty will cost a minimum of £100, and three penalty points are likely to add up to £100 to your next car insurance premium.
If you’re offered a speed awareness course you can expect to pay between £80 and £95.
GEM chief executive Neil Worth said: “Driving within the speed limit at all times on journeys is a vital part of taking personal responsibility for our own safety – and that of others – when we are using the roads.
“Research shows that reduced speeds mean fewer crashes, and the crashes that do happen will be less severe. For example, an overall 1 mph reduction in speed results in an average five per cent reduction in collisions,” he said.
“Of course, safe driving requires a lot more than just sticking to speed limits, and it’s vital to be fully aware of everything that’s going on around us on a journey. We constantly need to identify developing situations that may require action.
“Choosing safe, legal speeds will help ensure we have time to make decisions and take whatever is the most appropriate action.
“We do not agree with the idea that allowing your speed to creep up a little is OK because you’d rather put your focus on what’s happening outside the car and be a few miles an hour over the limit. It simply isn’t an ‘either/or’. Frequent scans of mirrors and speedometer are vital safety tasks that will help ensure we remain fully aware of a vehicle’s speed and position, and what’s going on all around.”
Wise up on safe speeds – GEM’s top tips
- Make sure you always know the speed limit for the road you’re on. A quick look at speed limit information in the Highway Code is a great idea.
- Don’t rush on a journey. Leave earlier and ensure you have plenty of time, with no reason to speed.
- Keep a close eye out for speed limit signs, and watch for clues that the speed limit may soon be about to change. Why not call out the new speed limit as you drive past the signs.
- Check your speedometer frequently so you always know your own speed. Expert drivers scan mirrors and speedometer systematically every few seconds, ensuring a glance down and around is part of a safe driving plan, not a distraction to it.
- Always ask yourself: is my speed both legal and safe? After all, the speed limit is just that – a limit, not a target, and there will be circumstances when you will feel much safer driving below the limit.
A ‘speeding ticket’ will result in three points on your driving licence and a fine of £100. However, the system of fining changed in 2017, so serious ‘speeders’ now face fines of up to 150 per cent of their weekly salary, with six penalty points and/or disqualifications of between seven and 56 days.
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