Travelling too slowly for the road conditions could see motorists charged with careless driving offences which carry harsh fines and penalty points. This is because driving too slow can make your car a hazard to other road users and could be deemed inconsiderate.
Going slowly is likely to make fellow road users angry which will encourage dangerous behaviour on the roads.
Infuriated road users could feel like they need to tailgate the offender or will encourage them into unsafe overtaking procedures which can lead to added risks.
Driving too slow can also cause a queue of traffic to form which could become distracting and dangerous for some motorists.
Minimum speed limits are officially placed on some stretches of roads, although these are rare occurrences.
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Some areas like tunnels will have minimum speed limits in place
Slow driving can see motorists fined up to £5,000
High-risk locations such as tunnels often have minimum speed limits as a way to improve congestion.
A minimum speed limit is identified through a light blue circular sign with a number in the centre which will explain how fast you must travel through an area.
Motorways have no set minimum speed limit but those travelling below the limit deliberately are likely to be caught out.
Driving too slowly on a motorway puts yourself and other road users at risk as your vehicle may act as an obstacle.
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Those not looking at the roads properly are more likely to hit a slow-moving vehicle as they may not be aware the car is travelling at a slower pace.
Data from the Department for Transport (DfT) has revealed the number of road fatalities related to slow driving has increased.
According to the data, two people were killed in accidents where slow driving was a contributory factor.
A further 26 road users were seriously injured and 132 sustained less severe injuries in the accidents.
Hugh Bladon of the Alliance of British Drivers said: “I’m not in the least bit surprised by these worrying statistics.
“I have advocated for a long time that driving too slowly 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.”
Although speed cameras will not be able to identify slow motorists, police officers still have the right to pull you over and issue charges if they feel you are at risk.
In one of the most confusing parts of the legislation, there is not a speed which is considered too slow and cases are judged individually by police officers.
Motorists may be given just a verbal warning for some minor offences but could be charged with careless or even dangerous driving in severe cases.
There is no set fine for driving without care and attention except the upper limit of £5,000.
However, road users are unlikely to be hit with such an excessive charge except in serious incidents.
The most likely outcome will be a small charge such as during low-level speeding offences where motorists are fined £100 and receive three penalty points.
Speaking to north Wales Love Inspector Gareth Jones of the Roads Policing Unit said: “Driving too slowly on any road can result in the motorist being penalised for careless driving which carries a fine and penalty points on a licence.
"Each case has to be dealt with on its own merit. However, we would advise anybody who witnesses driving too slow and who has dashcam footage that it can be submitted to us via our #OpSnap campaign.”