South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership
  • Road safety advice

  • Speed
  • Speed

    Driving or riding too fast for the road conditions contributes to one third of road collisions. The speed limit is the absolute maximum and does not mean that it is safe to drive or ride at that speed in all conditions. Factors such as the weather, the state of the road and time of day should be considered when choosing what speed to travel at.

    The faster someone is driving, the longer it will take them to stop if something unexpected happens.

    Consider the consequences of causing a collision due to travelling at excessive speed. You will have to live with the emotional consequences of deaths or injuries caused to others.

    Stopping distances

    In wet weather the stopping distances are at least double that of when it is dry. In icy conditions it can be as much as ten times greater than on dry roads.

    In built up areas with streetlights the speed limit, unless otherwise stated, is 30mph. Be aware of pedestrians or parked vehicles which may suddenly move off or pull out in front of you. Travelling at a lower speed will give you more time to recognise and react to hazards.

    On country roads there may be unexpected hazards such as blind bends, blind summits, hidden dips and agricultural traffic.
    These tips will help you avoid falling into the habit of driving or riding too fast:

    • Plan your time and journey so that you aren’t running late
    • Be aware of your surroundings, the more aware you are of the speed limit the less likely you are to inadvertently speed
    • Learn the typical stopping distances for a vehicle travelling at different speeds.


    The minimum penalty for speeding is a £100 fine and 3 penalty points added to your licence. More details about speeding penalties can be found on HM Government website.

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