Watch your speed!

Watch Your Speed!

Perrys is reminding all motorists to stay within the speed limit, in a bid to reduce accidents and casualties on our roads. The call comes as police officers carry out a week of enhanced speed checks, using a range of enforcement equipment.

Responsibility

Motoring journalist, Tim Barnes-Clay, said: “One of the most crucial things we can all do when behind the wheel is to drive within the speed limit. It’s an important part of taking responsibility for our own safety, and that of other road users, when we’re motoring.”

Accident Reduction

Tim added: “Research shows that reduced speed means fewer collisions, and the severity of crashes is lessened. For instance, just cutting your driving speed by 1mph results in an average five per cent reduction in accidents.” But motoring within speed limits can’t make us safe on its own, says Perrys’ Tim Barnes-Clay. “We need to make sure that we’re on the ball, observant and polite; that we use well-maintained vehicles and that we always keep a safe distance from the motor in front. This can make a big difference, not only for us as motorists, but also for those we share the tarmac with.”

Tips For Slowing Down

  • Don’t hurry on a journey. Leave earlier and make sure you have lots of time, with no reason to drive quickly.
  • Keep your eyes peeled for speed limit signage, and look out for clues that the speed limit may be about to change.
  • Check the speedometer lots so you’re always aware of your speed.
  • Ask yourself: is my speed both safe and legal? After all, the speed limit is a limit, not something to aim for, and there will be times when you will feel safer motoring under the limit.

Higher Penalties

A ‘speeding penalty’ means three points on your driver’s licence and a £100 fine. That said, the fining system was altered in April 2017, so hardcore ‘speeders’ now face six penalty points or disqualifications of between seven and 56 days. They’ll also be fined up to 150 per cent of their weekly salary. So, don’t waste your money – save up instead for a new car. Pop in or search our site for our new car offers.