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Below are some tips on how to control your speed.

  • Do not treat speed limits as a target. Often it is not appropriate or safe to drive at the maximum speed limit.
  • Check your speedometer regularly. It only takes a fraction of a second and should be as automatic as checking your mirrors.
  • Always drive safely within the legal speed limit and at a speed suitable to the conditions. You should always reduce your speed when:
    • the road layout or condition presents hazards, such as bends
    • sharing the road with pedestrians and cyclists, particularly children, and motorcyclists
    • weather conditions make it safer to do so
    • driving at night, as it’s harder to see other road users.
  • Select a lower gear before you reach a long downhill slope – this will help to control your speed.
  • Keep your distance. Count two seconds between you and the car in front and leave even more space/time in wet conditions.
  • As you see a lower limit approaching, begin to reduce your speed.
  • Take care when overtaking and stay within the speed limit.
  • Make sure you know your speed limits.
  • Be alert to all the signs – they are there to help you.
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