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Inappropriate speed

Drivers often demonstrate contradictory attitudes to speed – it seems we want speed limits enforced on our own roads, but will happily drive at speed past other people’s houses. Inappropriate speed is driving within the speed limit but too fast for safety on that road at that time. For example, on a rural road, a speed well below the national 60mph limit may be required to cope with hazards such as slow moving farm vehicles, horse-riders, debris and limited forward visibility due to bends and weather conditions. Likewise, on a busy urban street a speed below 30mph may be required when there are hazards such as pedestrians (sometimes concealed by parked vehicles), cyclists, buses or manoeuvring delivery vehicles. Best advice: follow the safe speed rule and always ensure you’re able to stop comfortably within the distance you can see to be clear.