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Facts

We all believe country roads provide the ideal traffic-defying time saving short cut.

But did you know?...

  • On average, there are 137 people killed or seriously injured every year on Kent's country roads.
  • Rural roads are areas of higher speed with higher risk - accounting for nearly 2/3 of all fatal crashes in Kent.
  • Motorways represent areas of high speed but relatively low risk - accounting for around 4% of fatalities.
  • The definition of a crash is - you crash because you cannot stop in time. If you cannot stop in time, you're travelling too fast for the conditions. Hence all crashes have an element of speed as a causation factor.
  • The sense that we have to travel faster to make up time is often overstated. A 10 minute journey made at 60mph will save you a little over 1½ minutes compared to if you drove at 50mph.
  • Speed limits are a legal maximum and not a target.

Speed - You'll be surprised

As a driver you can choose the severity of the crash you may have and therefore your level of injury you cause. How? By choosing the speed at which you travel.

Most of us adopt the same mentality when it comes to driving - more speed = more time saved. This is simply not true. The sense that we have to travel faster to make up time is overstated. A 10 minute journey made at 60mph saves you, incredibly, just over 1½ minutes compared to a journey at 50mph... and what would you do with that "saved" time?

We all know that stopping distances increase dramatically with driving speed. But by doubling your speed, you significantly more than double your breaking distance. By keeping your speed lower and adapting it to the conditions on our county roads, hazards such as large vehicles, cyclists, walkers and wildlife should be safely negotiated.

Click this link to download the Highway Code stopping distances page.

Causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving, where a driver may have been driving at an inappropriate speed and below the limit, can result in:

FINE
DISQUALIFICATION
UP TO 5 YEARS IN PRISON
COMMUNITY ORDER
CRIMINAL RECORD

Causing death by dangerous driving, where excessive speed may be shown as a factor, can result in:

£5000 FINE
DISQUALIFICATION
UP TO 14 YEARS IN PRISON
CRIMINAL RECORD