Each year there are a staggering 3,400 deaths on the UK’s roads, along with approximately 3,600 serious injuries. The fact of the matter is that speeding’s to blame for a large number of these accidents, with hard statistics to back this up. Our article below outlines the facts about speeding and how they affect our safety whilst behind the wheel.
For example, almost 60% of accidents that lead to death or serious injury occur on roads with a 30mph limit. This may come as a big surprise, but that’s why the 30mph restriction exists. If you’re hit by a car that’s traveling just a few miles an hour more than 30, the chance of serious injury or even death increases dramatically.
Safety aside, the costs of dealing with the aftermath of car accidents is staggering. A single fatality costs an incredible £1.9m, a serious accidents costs £215,000 and a minor incident still costs £22,000. Of course this figure covers road repairs, road closures, traffic and more importantly emergency services.
To understand why speed cameras exist and why speeding is such a major factor when it comes to serious injury, the government revealed the following data from its’ own research:
• If hit by a car travelling at just 40mph, there is an 85% chance death will occur. This reduces dramatically to 20% if the car is travelling at 30mph and even further to 5% if travelling 20mph.
• If travelling at 35mph rather than 30mph, a standard family car will take an extra 21 feet to stop. That’s an extra six meters and it makes no difference depending on how experienced the driver is.
• If hit by a car, the impact on a pedestrian increases by an additional 30% if the car is travelling at 35mph, rather than 30mph.
• According to estimates by the government, the chance of a car accident reduces by 5% for every 1mph taken off the travelling speed.
• Contrary to popular belief, driving faster at night is not safer. There are actually twice as many accidents, as people drive faster, under the influence and tired.
The truth is, there’s a direct correlation between speeding and car accidents. What’s worse is that there’s a direct correlation between fast driving and road deaths. You may not even be breaking the speed limit, but still driving too fast for the environment around you. Make sure your car is in tiptop condition, especially tyres and brakes, as these have a dramatic impact on your stopping distance.
For more information about speed limits and where they are enforced, read our Speed Limit guide. If you would like to know more about the types of speed or safety cameras being used, read our guide HERE.