Many people aren’t aware that driving too slowly can be nearly as dangerous as speeding. While Northern Ireland’s roads have speed limits designed to keep all drivers safe, going much slower than the designated limit can put you and others at risk.
In this blog post, we aim to shed some much needed light on this often overlooked issue and provide guidance on how to navigate these situations.
The law around speed in Northern Ireland
The main principles related to speed limits are found in the Highway Code for Northern Ireland. It states that motorists must not exceed the posted speed limit for the road they are travelling on. The national speed limit is 60 mph on single carriageway roads and 70mph on dual carriageways and motorways unless otherwise indicated. Speed limits in urban areas and villages are typically 30 mph, unless shown differently.
While most people know there are penalties for going over the speed limit, driving too slowly can also land you in some hot water. According to the Highway Code for Northern Ireland, vehicles should go at an appropriate speed for the road conditions. Driving unnecessarily slowly could potentially lead to an accident as well as a charge of careless or dangerous driving.
5 key dangers of slow driving
Driving substantially below the speed limit carries risks for yourself and other road users in Northern Ireland. Some key dangers include:
- Aggravating other drivers – Driving slowly can anger drivers that are stuck behind, increasing chances of risky overtaking or road rage.
- Causing congestion – Particularly on high-speed roads, a slow-moving car can quickly build up queues.
- Impeding visibility – Very slow cars can obstruct other drivers visibility and block their anticipation of obstacles ahead.
- Inviting tailgating – Driving below the speed of traffic encourages vehicles behind you to tailgate. This can heighten rear-end collisions.
- Preventing flow – Travelling below the limit makes it harder for faster cars to safely pass you. This may result in them taking riskier manoeuvres.
Understanding these different risks is the first step towards safer driving habits that respect both ends of the speed spectrum. Remember to stay vigilant, respect the rhythm of the road, adjust your speed according to the conditions, and always obey the law.
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