The simple truth about speeding is: the faster you go, the longer it takes to stop and, if you crash, the harder the impact. Even small increases in speed could have severe consequences. If a pedestrian steps out into the path of an oncoming vehicle which is speeding the difference could be a matter of life or death.
In an emergency, the average driver takes about 1.5 seconds to react. Stopping distances increase exponentially the faster you go.
Here at Moonrocks there is A Strict speed limit of 30km/hr applies to all vehicles on farm.
Speeding is one of the major causes of fatalities on Queensland roads. Speeding is defined as driving over the posted speed limit or at a speed that is inappropriate given the driving conditions (e.g. rain, fog, traffic volume, traffic flow).
Most people think that speeding is just driving over the speed limit. Speeding is also driving at a speed that is inappropriate for the driving conditions, such as rain, fog, traffic or traffic flow.
During 2015 there were 62 fatalities as a result of crashes involving speeding drivers or riders.
Speed limits are set and enforced to save lives and reduce crashes. Fines and demerit points apply when a vehicle is caught driving above the posted speed limit.
It is not safe to speed in any circumstance.
Driving within the speed limit maximises your stopping distance giving you more time to react to:
- the actions of other road users around you like vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists
- changes to the road environment itself such as pot holes and obstacles.
Speed-related social costs
Speed crashes result in high social costs to the community in the forms of:
- hospital and health care costs
- lost productivity in the workplace
- the cost of using emergency services.
Speeding has significant costs to the community each year. Speed-related fatalities and hospitalised casualties in Queensland have an estimated cost of $283 million each year†‡.
Driving safety tips to avoid accidents
When you’re behind the wheel of a car – whether alone or with passengers – driving safely should always be your top concern. We’re more distracted than ever, so it’s crucial to know the basics of safe driving and practice them every time you’re on the road. Here are some safe driving tips:
1. Focus on driving
Keep 100% of your attention on driving at all times – no multi-tasking.
- Don’t use your phone or any other electronic device while driving.
- Slow down. Speeding gives you less time to react and increases the severity of an accident.
2. Drive “defensively”
Be aware of what other drivers around you are doing, and expect the unexpected.
Assume other motorists will do something crazy, and always be prepared to avoid it.
Keep a 2-second cushion between you and the car in front of you.
Make that 4 seconds if the weather is bad.
3. Plan ahead
- Adjust your seat, mirrors and climate controls before putting the car in gear.
- Pull over to eat or drink. It takes only a few minutes.
4. Practice safety
- Secure cargo that may move around while the vehicle is in motion.
- Don’t attempt to retrieve items that fall to the floor.
- Have items needed within easy reach – such as toll fees, toll cards and garage passes.
- Always wear your seat belt and drive sober and drug-free.