Speed thrills - and kills - says David

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F1 ace calls on drivers to be aware on rural roads

BEING a good driver does not mean you have to be a fast driver.

In fact speeding is the cause of many deaths on our roads each year. And you don’t have to be breaking the speed limit to be ‘speeding’.

Former Formula 1 racing driver David Coulthard is urging drivers in Scotland to adjust their speed to take account of road conditions and help reduce deaths on country roads.

Country roads account for around 70 per cent of fatalities on Scotland’s roads. The Scottish Government and Road Safety Scotland (part of Transport Scotland) joined forces with the 13 times Grand Prix winner to make drivers aware that they don’t have to be breaking the speed limit to be driving too fast for the conditions. Even David Coulthard adjusts his speed on country roads!

Last year alone, over 1000 fatal or serious accidents occurred on country roads and three out of four of those deaths are men. The key message of the campaign is to drive at the right speed for the road.

David Coulthard said: “My advice to drivers is to drive at an appropriate speed for the conditions and be aware of the limitations of the vehicle you are driving.

‘‘There is more to driving than just paying attention to the speed limit. You have to drive at a speed which doesn’t hinder your decision making abilities. Sadly too many people are killed in road accidents that could be avoided.”