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Some 40-50% of drivers drive faster than the recommended speed limit and 10-20% exceed the limit by more than 10 kph. Does this matter? Yes – speed is a factor in around 30% of all fatal accidents. Speed limits are in place for a reason – they tell drivers what speed is safe for the road they are on.

What are the risks?

If you drive too fast, you put yourself and other road-users at risk.

Higher risk of accident

  • You have less control over the car
  • It is more difficult to react to prevent an accident

Injury or death

  • The higher the speed on impact, the more damage to the vehicles, obstacles and people involved – the human body is very vulnerable in a collision
  • The risk is higher still for those in light vehicles, or those who are unprotected, such as cyclists and pedestrians

More on the consequences of speeding

Speed limits

Legal limits

  • Vary for urban, rural and high-speed roads
  • Different from one EU country to the next
  • Lower for lorries and coaches in some countries
  • Balance safety and travel time
  • Also used to cut air pollution and noise

Weather and traffic

  • If visibility is reduced – due to rain, fog, snow or smog – reduce your speed
  • France has lower speed limits for bad weather. In other countries, use common sense

More on speed limits

Speed limits around the EU