Speed Facts

Speed facts

Fast driving is a major cause of road crashes. The faster you drive a car the longer it will take you to stop. The faster you hit something, the greater the effect of the impact. If you're driving at 35mph, you're twice as likely to kill someone than you are at 30mph.

A speed limit is the maximum speed at which you can drive. However you have to use your common sense as the speed limit isn't always a safe speed. Driving too fast doesn't always mean going over the speed limit. It can mean driving at a speed that's not safe for the road conditions. For example, driving at 30mph along a busy shopping street with lots of people around is too fast.

Because of this problem, the 20mph limit is being used more and more in built up areas, especially around schools and on residential streets. It should be noted however, that even 20mph can be too fast in certain circumstances.


Here's a guide to the different speed limits:

Speed Table



Speeding penalties depend on the seriousness of the offence. The majority of speeding offences result in a £100 fine and 3 penalty points. However, fines of up to £2,500 and disqualification are also within the scope of the law.