Stay safe on the road - slow down

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Are you driving too fast? 

Excessive speed is a contributor in 20% of all fatal and serious injury crashes on New Zealand roads.

It continues to be a huge public health and road safety issue.

On New Zealand roads around 80 people are killed and 400 are seriously injured in speed-related crashes every year.

Most road users recognise the risks of driving at speeds inappropriate to the conditions and drive within the designated speed limits.

Unfortunately some people don’t always recognise speeding in their own driving habits. They might drive faster than the posted speed limit but ‘it’s only a little bit over’, i.e. 57 km per hour in a 50 km/h area.

Can you stop in time?

The faster you drive, the more likely you are to crash. As your speed increases:

  • the distance you need in order to stop increases

  • there is a greater chance that you will be travelling too fast if you meet an unexpected change in road conditions

  • it is more likely that other road users will misjudge how fast you are travelling.

The severity of injuries resulting from a crash is directly related to the impact speed of the vehicle – whether or not speeding was a factor in the crash.

Drive to the conditions

‘Conditions’ doesn’t just mean the weather. It also includes:

  • the road you’re on

  • the traffic conditions

  • the speed (the speed limit and a ‘safe speed’ may differ)

  • you, for example are you tired or on medication that affects your driving

  • your vehicle and load.

Your speed affects others Slow Down