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TERRIFYING UK Road Safety Facts

20 April, 2017

Julie larkman - Operations Manager

Next week on 24 April, 2017 speeding fines are going to significantly increase. So if you speed you are going to be poorer. Good, because if you read the following facts regarding speeding, you will understand why it's a really bad idea:

  • If you are driving through a school zone and a child runs out in front of you three car lengths away, this is the  low-down. In a school zone, the speed limit is 20mph. If you are travelling at 20mph, you will avoid hitting the child. If you absent-mindedly passed through the zone at 30mph, you are going to hit the child at 27mph. The chance of death at 30mph is 50%, so there is a good chance that you could kill the child. A gruesome statistic here is that the child will travel 7.3 metres after the impact. A quarter of all drivers in a survey admitted that they did this (travel at 30 in a 20 zone). Don’t believe us?, then why not believe Brake, the road safety charity and see what they have to say here: http://www.brake.org.uk/rsw/15-facts-a-resources/facts/1255-speed There is also quite a lot of useful information here: http://www.safespeed.org.uk/killspeed.html


  • The stopping distance at 30mph is 23 metres. So if you are travelling at 30mph and someone steps out in front of you 23 metres away, you will avoid hitting them. That is 9 metres after they step out you will hit your brakes and 14 metres later you will come to a stop. This will BLOW YOUR MIND: If you were travelling at 32mph, you will hit them at 18mph. That is the equivalent of falling from a first-floor window. Now, no one would like that.


  • Last one. The stopping distance at 70 mph is 96 metres, so if you were travelling at 70mph, you will come to a rest after 96 metres. MIND BLOW NUMBER 2: If you were travelling at 100mph and someone walked out 96 metres in front of you (the 70mph stopping distance) you would hit them at 70mph. Seriously. Now not even Brake calculate the chances of survival in a circumstance like that. There is no point, because the chances of survival are nil. To put it another way, the chances of survival being hit at 40mph are 10%. A 1 in 10 chance of surviving, maybe after weeks in intensive care.

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