5 Reasons why Slowing Down is a good idea


We have 5 reasons why slowing down is a good idea writes Geraldine Herbert

It is National “Slow Down” Day from 7 am on Friday 19th April 2024 to 07:00hrs on Saturday 20th April 2024 and the Gardaí are launching a major speed clamp-down.

We have 5 reasons why slowing down is a good idea

  • Save lives –The impact of speed on pedestrian safety is striking. At 60km/h, half of those hit by a car will not survive. At 50km/h, the odds improve, but still, three out of ten won’t make it. However, at 30km/h, a remarkable nine out of ten pedestrians will survive.
  • Save Fuel –Higher speeds not only burn rubber but also fuel. Driving at 110km/h consumes up to 9% more fuel than cruising at 96km/h, and a whopping 15% more than maintaining a steady 80km/h pace.
  • Save on Maintenance – Slower speeds aren’t just safer for vulnerable road users; they’re also kinder to your vehicle. By easing off the accelerator, you can reduce wear and tear on your car, potentially saving on maintenance costs in the long run.
  • Save Stress – You can reduce stress levels and promote overall well-being by slowing down.
  • Save Money – Staying within the speed limit isn’t just about obeying the law; it’s also about safeguarding your wallet. By avoiding speeding tickets, you can steer clear of unnecessary fines and keep your hard-earned money where it belongs – in your pocket.


Geraldine Herbert

19th April, 2024



Author: Geraldine Herbert

Motoring Editor and Columnist for the Sunday Independent and editor of wheelsforwomen. Geraldine is also a regular contributor to Good Housekeeping (UK), EuroNews and to RTÉ, Newstalk, TodayFM, BBC Radio and Vigin Media. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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