Speed

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DID YOU KNOW?

Speeding is the main cause of death and serious injury on Waikato’s roads

  • 25% of all fatal and serious injury crashes in the Waikato region are speed related
  • Waikato + male + speed = 79% of all fatal and serious regional crashes
  • The faster you travel the less time you have to respond to hazards
  • Increased impact speed = increased forces which you need to absorb in a crash
  • The speed limit is the maximum legal speed that you can travel at on a road in perfect conditions
  • A 5% reduction in your speed is equal to a 10% decrease in crashes

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO REDUCE THE RISK?

  • Judge the safest speed for the stretch of road you are on within the speed limit
  • A reduced speed is required on winding roads, sharp corners, steep gradients and gravel surfaces
  • As road conditions worsen, reduce your speed so that you remain in control
  • Promote safe driving amongst your friends and family
  • When buying a new vehicle look for a vehicle with good handling and ESP (Electronic Stability Programme) offering better road holding and greater driver responsiveness
  • Become a role model for your children – they learn from your driving habits

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