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What speeding is

Driving at a safe speed

Choosing a safe spped

How quickly you stop in dry and wet conditions

Speed facts

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Strategies to help your learner choose a safe speed

Speed limit road rules

Driving at a safe speed means your learner has more time to:



See hazards.




Stop their vehicle.




Think about the situation.




Make safe driving decisions.


A small decrease in speed can make a big difference to the outcome of a crash.

When choosing a safe speed, your learner should consider the following:



The posted speed limit.




How far ahead they can see.




Other road users.




Potential hazards.




Road conditions.




Their driving experience.




Weather conditions.


Inappropriate or excessive speed contributes to about 30% of fatal crashes.
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Rethink Speed

The Rethink Speed campaign shows how the speed you choose can have very different consequences.

Your learner needs to drive at a speed suitable for the conditions they’re in and slow down when they see hazards.

Strategies to help your learner choose a safe speed


Choosing when and where to drive

Your learner should go on drives that match their driving experience and choose a suitable time of day to practise.



Slowing Down

Your learner should drive under the speed limit and slow down near other road users and potential hazards.




Give themselves more space

Your learner should leave lots of room from other road users to create more time to slow down and make safe driving decisions.


Thinking ahead

Your learner should look well ahead, to their sides and use their mirrors to see what's around their vehicle.




Slowing down at night

Your learner should keep their speed down at night so they have more time to look for and respond to potential hazards.



Be careful on country roads

Your learner should be extra careful when driving on country roads as they come in a variety of conditions they may not have a lot of experience driving on.

Consider others

Your learner should always consider other road users needs and share the road safely.