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.