|Ten Things you didn't know
about speed on the road
Department of the Environment,
Transport and the Regions
1. In 1997 3,599 people were killed and
32,3945 injured (42,967 seriously) in road
2. By far the biggest single cause was driving
too fast for the conditions.
3. When asked what drivers can do to avoid
accidents, 70% of survey respondents say drive
4. When asked what they personally could do,
only 30% admit they could drive more slowly
5. Two thirds of all accidents in which people
are injured happen in urban roads with a maximum
speed limit of 30mph.
6. 70% of people break the speed limit on
||7. The difference
between 30mph and 35mph is an extra stopping
distance of six and a half metres, longer than
8. If a car is dropped nose down
from the height of a two storey building, it will
be travelling at around 30mph when it hits the
9.The impact of a vehicle travelling at 35mph
is 36% harder.
10. At 35mph you are twice as likely to kill
someone as you are at 30mph.
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Frost starts to form on roads when air
temperatures fall below 3C.
Frost is most likely at low spots in a
road. Whilst along much of the length of
a road might be at 5C, in a dip, the
temperature may be 1C and frost has
Courtesy of Accident Black Spot,
Friday 11th January 2002, Channel 4.