Traffic may be down, but you shouldn’t speed up

While a lot of people in lockdown are using their cars infrequently and only going a short distance when they do drive, there are still those who have to get out for longer journeys, including many keyworkers.

With so little traffic, it’s a lot easier to get from A to B, but there’s also the temptation to see if you can do it even quicker by putting your foot down. However, it’s more important than ever to drive safely, without speeding.

After all, fewer cars don’t mean there aren’t other road users. For a start, pedestrians may have to step into the road to avoid people as a result of social distancing – and the duty of care in this situation is likely to be with the driver.

Cycling is also on the rise as people aim to stay in shape and enjoy the outdoors (when the weather allows) or just avoid public transport if they’re still commuting to work. With social distancing, cyclists have to keep their distance from each other and if you are going too fast, you may not have enough time to respond to riders in the middle of the road when they are overtaking.

On top of that, accidents can still happen, even if you’re on an A-road or motorway and there’s no-one else using it. This is not the time for your actions to call an ambulance away from those in need, while recovery and roadside support could be more difficult, as a result of social distancing.

Finally, it’s worth remembering that speed cameras are still working and many speed awareness courses are suspended, so getting caught is likely to lead to points and a fixed penalty notice. For really serious offences, you could even get an instant ban, have to retake your driving test and pay a fine of up to 175% of your weekly income (capped at £1,000 on roads and £2,500 on motorways).

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