Speeding isn't that unsafe


 
MYTH!

There is simply no question of whether speeding is dangerous. It is a well-researched fact. Evidence shows that if you travel at 5km/h over the speed limit in a 60km/h zone in an urban area, you’re twice as likely to have a serious crash.

 
If I speed I'll get there quicker.


 
MYTH!

On most trips, speeding will save you very little time if any. For example, on a 10km journey, you would only save 46 seconds by increasing your average speed from 60km/h to 65km/h. And that’s if there are no traffic lights to stop you.

 
The speed limits are outdated and don’t match the conditions of the road.


 
MYTH!

Speed limits are determined after careful consideration of a number of safety factors. Speed limits are regularly reviewed and may be lowered on a dangerous section of road if it will help reduce the number of crashes in the area.

 
Speed cameras are just revenue raising.


 
MYTH!

The revenue from speed and red light camera fines is much less than the cost of road trauma caused by drivers speeding. After administrative costs, revenue is used only for road safety purposes.

 
The faster you drive or ride, the greater your risk of a crash and severe injury.


 
FACT!

As your speed increases, so does the distance you travel while processing information and reacting to a hazard. At the same time, the distance needed for you to stop also increases. Increasing the stopping distance makes it much harder for you to avoid a crash.

 
The faster you drive or ride, the harder you hit.


 
FACT!

The simple fact is, the faster you go the harder you hit. The severity of injuries resulting from a crash, is directly related to the pre‑crash speed of the vehicle.

Myths busted!

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