Most British drivers want speed limit cut during rain

According to a recent poll, the majority of drivers support reducing speed limit during rainy conditions.

The survey, conducted by RAC, concluded that 72% of British drivers would like the normal 70mph speed limit cut in wet weather in order to increase safety and in order to encourage better behaviour on the road.

Many other drivers wanted the limit to be lowered even more, with 33% supporting the limit being reduced to 60mph, while 9% supported decreasing the limit even more to 50mph. 14% stated that they wanted the speed limit reduced, but were unsure by how much.

This survey follows Department of Transport's statistics that revealed that in 2019, 246 people were killed on Britain's roads during wet weather, which was 43 more deaths than there were in 2017.

RAC data insight spokesman Rod Dennis responded to the news by saying, "Statistically the UK has some of the safest motorways in Europe but it’s also the case that there hasn’t been a reduction in casualties of all severities on these roads since 2012, so perhaps there’s an argument for looking at different measures to help bring the number of casualties down."

I also support the proposal to lower the speed limit when it's raining, because it's obvious to any man with more than 5 braincells - that does not include members of IAM RoadSmart - that rainy conditions and speed do not go well together.

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Comments (11)

  • Sad that people don't know by themselves how to drive in bad weather, but have to be prompted by law to behave.

      1 month ago
  • I think the question should have been:

    "Should other road users slow down in the wet"

      1 month ago
  • Highways England will be delighted by this. If the limits are reduced, you can leave resurfacing for longer. What makes the biggest safety difference is a good grainy surface. But they are costly to keep that way.

      1 month ago
  • I agree - having driven down a completely sodden M40 yesterday and followed a suddenly aquaplaning X5… I'm not sure most drivers know how dangerous standing water can be at 70mph. Did see a Chiron braving the conditions though

      1 month ago
  • Sounds like incompetence

      1 month ago