Why is there so much talk about speeding? FACT: Driving just a few mph faster could be the difference between life and death. Speed limits are there for a reason.

Speeding is deliberate and can kill, it’s not an accident!

Watch this disturbing video from ThinkUK, it may be fun to speed but is it worth it?

National speed limits

You must not drive faster than the speed limit for the type of road and your type of vehicle. The speed limit is the absolute maximum and it doesn’t mean it’s safe to drive at this speed in all conditions.

There are speed limits for cars on UK roads for each class of road, and they can vary where signs show otherwise.

  • Built up areas – 30 mph (48kph)
  • Single carriageways – 60 mph (96kph)
  • Duel carriageways – 70 mph (112 kph)
  • Motorways – 70 mph (112 kph)

Local speed limits

Local authorities can set their own limits to allow for specific local needs. For instance, 20mph zones are increasingly being applied in built up areas and around schools.

The penalties for speeding

If you get caught for speeding, either on a speed camera or by the police, the minimum punishment will be a £100 fine and 3 penalty points added to your licence.

Speed awareness course

In some cases for minor speeding offences, you may be given the opportunity to attend a speed awareness course. Although the cost of this course will be more than just accepting and paying the Fixed Penalty Notice, the advantage would be avoiding having your licence endorsed with the three penalty points.

More serious speeding offences can expect much harsher penalties, and in some cases will even carry an instant driving ban.

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