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How fast should you drive in your local streets?

Research has shown driving more slowly makes streets safer for all road users and pedestrians, contributes to more connected communities, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and only has a minor impact on average journey times. Despite this, many drivers are still driving too fast in residential areas.

October 22, 2020
school children walking on the cross walk

Did you know:

  • Increasing your speed - even by just a few kilometres an hour - increases your braking distance and can significantly increase your risk of a crash, serious injury and death.
  • Even an impact speed of as low as around 30km/h is equivalent to what you would experience if you fell off the roof of your house.
  • Vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcycle riders, have little protection, so if they are involved in a collision, their chances of survival rapidly decrease at speeds greater than 30km/h.
  • Slower driving makes you more aware of and responsive to your environment, making you more likely to react safely to potential hazards (such as a child running out into the road).
  • Driving more slowly and carefully means less stress for you and for other road users around you, which makes for a much more relaxing drive. The desire to do get everywhere at top speed is a big source of stress. Accept that you can’t control traffic flow and save yourself and others from road rage.

Bonus: there will be less wear and tear on your car, along with the lower fuel consumption that comes with driving more slowly!

Speed/Minimum stopping distance required

  • 40km/hr 26m (or 30m on wet roads)
  • 50km/hr 35m (or 41m on wet roads)
  • 60km/hr 45m (or 54m on wet roads)
  • 70km/hr 56m (or 69m on wet roads)

These stopping distances are for well-maintained cars and alert drivers. The distance will be even greater if you include additional factors such as worn tyres or brakes and a lack of concentration.

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