posted 4 years ago

Tips For Managing Speed

Dear motorist – would you like a few tips for managing speed?

Dear motorist – would you like a few tips for managing speed? If so, check-out Simon Elstow's insights courtesy of the Institute of Advanced Motorists. These could help you stay on the right side of PC Plod, anticipate potential hazards, and have a relaxing journey.

- Look well ahead and be ready for other drivers’ reactions especially when they spot a camera at the last second. They will often slow down faster and more than they need to.

- Watch out for speed limit changes early by looking further ahead. They are often as you leave roundabouts and junctions on main routes.

- If you have trouble staying at a set speed when driving a manual car, stay in a gear that will help you to remain at a legal speed. For example, when driving in town at 30mph, third gear is a good choice in some cars. Try what works for you and your car.

- Speed limits are a maximum speed, not a minimum. If conditions are bad, reduce your speed.

- Always drive at a speed that allows you to stop safely on your own side of the road within the distance you can see is clear.

- Don’t be pressured into breaking the speed limit by drivers behind you.

- Remember, large vehicles have lower speed limits. For example, 40 mph on rural roads.

Elstow said: “Know the speed limit and always abide by it. That doesn’t mean you have to drive slowly, but we do all have to stay within the limit. If you need to make good progress carry out well timed overtakes, smooth, progressive cornering and timely, controlled acceleration without breaking the limit. Shorter journey times are about average speed, not achieving high speed”