Speeding increases the overall road risks to yourself and other road users and runs the risk of being hit with penalties such as fines and driving points. Experts at GEM Motoring Assist even say reducing your speed can have benefits such as better fuel efficiency, lower running costs and reduced carbon emissions.
By leaving earlier, motorists will feel less panicked which will create a safer environment while on the road.
The experts say this can dramatically reduce the level of stress which can be massively beneficial to your health while behind the wheel.
GEM road safety officer, Neil Worth said: “The speeds we use are entirely our own choice. No one else controls the speed of the vehicles we drive.
“We can all, therefore, make the decision to drive at legal speeds, at the same time reaping the benefits: for our safety, for our frame of mind and for the environment, as well.
The group says one in four fatal accidents are caused by motorists driving above the speed limit or travelling faster than the road conditions allow.
Brake also says driving slower can reduce the feelings of stress as motorists are less likely to make panicked decisions which can lead to road rage.
GEM Motoring Assist says feelings of road rage can be reduced with some simple measures
Leaving early is the easiest way to reduce stress as road users can give themselves extra time to assess road conditions.
While on the road, GEM Motoring Assist says road users should stay observant at all times and determine quickly whether a speed limit has changed.
According to the RAC, driving slower can also reduce average petrol and diesel running costs.
Acceleration is one of the biggest factors for burning fuel and a relaxed form of driving is likely to save the pennies.
Driving in the highest possible gear while maintaining a regular speed its the best way to achieving good fuel efficiency.
This is because petrol and diesel will not burn as quickly if the engine is not made to work quicker than it has to.
Neil Worth added: “Even modest reductions bring lower fuel costs and reduced emissions. Slowing down gives you more time to anticipate and plan when you’re driving, as well as more time to react to hazards and to stop safely if necessary.”