Staying within the legal speed limit is ultimately the key to becoming a safer driver.

Road safety and breakdown specialist GEM Motoring Assist wants all drivers to be aware of the significant risks that can be posed by excessive speed.

Don’t be tempted to break the law

Speeding is not only illegal, but presents a major danger not just for those who recklessly speed but all those around them.

Ultimately, GEM states that all motorists are responsible for the speed at which they travel, and there is no excuse for ever breaking the speed limit.

“Choosing to reduce the speeds you use will lower the stress you may well face on journeys,” commented GEM road safety officer Neil Worth.

He added that driving within the legal limit also means motorists have more time to anticipate what is happening around them, as well as helping to boost fuel efficiency, meaning the costs associated with every journey can be lower.

“We don’t have any control over the traffic around us; we ARE the traffic,” argued Mr Worth. “So there really is nothing to be gained from trying to go faster – and trying to make others go faster or forcing them out of the way.”

In the end, the time that can be saved by breaking the law and speeding is perhaps a few minutes at best, but doing so can significantly increase the risk that you’ll be involved in an accident. It’s just not worth it.

Heather Stark, brand manager at The Fuelcard People, comments: “Excessive speed causes thousands of accidents every year in the UK and it is this type of reckless behaviour that can ruin lives. Sticking to the speed limit is therefore essential if motorists want to be as safe as possible, protecting themselves, their passengers and those around them.”

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