Drivers continually assess the road and make decisions about how to drive.
Drivers use many cues to help them read the roads and assess the right speed for the road, the conditions and level of risk.
Conditions mean more than weather. They also include the shape of the road, time of day, traffic, other road users, and road-side hazards such as trees or power poles.
Drivers need to choose the right speed for the road. Our speed limits do not always reflect this risk, and sometimes they are not right. When crashes happen, there are many causes – people make mistakes, the road might be tricky, the weather might be bad. The vast majority of severe casualties are not from extreme high risk behaviours, but from generally law-abiding people making a simple error.
The Safe System approach recognises that people make mistakes and we need a roading system that puts safety at its centre. It is made up of four principles; safe roads and roadsides, safe speeds, safe vehicles and safe road use.
*These facts are provided by the Ministry of Transport.