We all play a part. When we all slow down, so will our road toll
How can you help slow the road toll?
Why is creeping over the speed limit dangerous?
Observe the speed limit signs.
Consider the weather conditions and reduce your speed accordingly. Extreme weather such as strong wind, storm, dust, fog and ice make driving a hazardous task.
Adjust your driving speed to suit the type of road you are driving on - its surface, width and condition.
Consider the traffic conditions. Travelling at the maximum speed limit is risky during peak hours and when you are sharing the road with slow moving vehicles, including cyclists and motorcyclists.
Be alert for pedestrians, especially children and the elderly, who may behave unpredictably in the road environment.
Be aware of other road users, such as cyclists, whose safety on the road may be affected by drivers passing or overtaking them at high speed.
Drive at speeds that are safe for your own driving ability.
When we all slow down, so will our road toll.
Most people accept that driving at speeds well above the legal limit is dangerous, but then a lot of people also think that small increases in speed don’t make much difference. After all, many people have experienced driving just a few kilometres over the speed limit without anything bad happening.
So why is creeping over the speed limit dangerous?
There are two key factors that impact crash risk – reaction time and braking distance.
The fact is every 5km over the speed limit doubles your crash risk. If everyone doubled their risk, we’d double the road toll.
A reduction of 5 km/h in average travel speed would reduce rural casualty crashes by about 30% and urban crashes by about 25%.