Rule 125 of The Highway Code says:
The speed limit is the absolute maximum and does not mean that it is safe to drive at that speed irrespective of the conditions. Driving at speeds too fast for the road and driving conditions can be dangerous. You should always reduce your speed when:
- the road layout or condition presents hazards such as bends.
- sharing the road with pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders, particularly children and motorcyclists.
- weather conditions make it safer to do so.
- driving at night, as it is more difficult to see other road users.
As a driver or rider your speed is your responsibility. To Share the Road to Zero and reduce your risk when driving it is good advice to:
- Check your speed regularly and adjust for the speed limit, the conditions and for vulnerable road users.
- Know the speed limits and look out for signs.
- Slow down when entering built-up areas.
- Allow yourself more journey time.
- And follow Rule 126 of The Highway Code – by driving at a speed that will allow you to stop well within the distance you can see to be clear.
You can never control the consequences if you speed.
First Published: 10/10/2014
Last updated: 10/4/2015