Let me take you back to think about your time as a learner.

Remember, driving along a residential road with the huge tailback of cars impatiently following you while you drove at the speed limit.

As you nervously looked in your rear view mirror, your instructor would have said to you, remember, the speed limit is an absolute maximum, not a target. To control your speed and stay safe, use the following tips:

It’s always tempting to drive faster than the speed limit, but remember, the limit is there for a reason.

Be it on a high risk road, near a school or a residential area, the lower the limit, the more likely you will come across hazards.

Look well ahead. Always be ready for other drivers’ reactions especially when they spot something at the last second.

Watch out for speed limit changes early. They are often as you leave roundabouts, junctions and on main routes.

If you have trouble staying at a set speed when driving a manual car, stay in a gear that will help you to remain at a legal speed. For example, when driving in town at 30mph, third gear is a good choice depending on the car.

Speed limits are a maximum. If the conditions are bad, adjust your speed and increase your following distance.

Think ahead. Always drive at a speed that allows you to stop safely on your own side of the road within the distance you can see to be clear.

Don’t be afraid of tailgaters. We’ve all experienced it. But remember, don’t be pressured into breaking the speed limit by drivers behind you. If it’s possible, pull over and in a safe and legal place to let them pass.

If you need to make good progress carry out well-timed overtakes, smooth, progressive cornering and timely, controlled acceleration without breaking the limit. Shorter journey times are about average speed, not achieving high speed.

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