Drivers are being warned of the ‘dangerous’ scenarios which can be created by driving too slow.
DfT figures show that in 2018, two fatal collisions were caused by a person driving too slow for the conditions – in addition to 24 collisions which led to serious injuries.
RAC News says while slow speeds are rarely a direct cause of accidents, associated behaviours often lead to dangerous driving scenarios.
This includes ‘ill-judged’ overtaking, tailbacks and those who fail to merge properly with motorways.
The Alliance of British Drivers (ABD) says slow drivers cause ‘frustration’, which can lead to dangerous manoeuvers.
Hugh Bladon, a founding member of the ABD, said: “I’m not in the least bit surprised by these worrying statistics.
“I have advocated for a long time that driving too slow causes frustration for other people and can cause them to attempt an overtaking manoeuvre, which is the most dangerous thing you can do on the roads.”
Police can charge drivers with driving too slowly, a punishment that comes with three points and a £100 fine.
Minimum speed limits aren’t common in the UK, although some tunnels do have a minimum and maximum speed limit.
Road signs indicating a minimum speed limit are found in a blue circle with a white font, the end of a minimum speed zone is shown by a sign featuring a red line through the number.