Children can’t judge vehicle speeds above 20mph

Young school children can’t accurately judge the speeds of vehicles travelling faster than 20mph according to a new study by researchers at the Royal Holloway, University London.

The study looked at 100 primary school children and showed that whilst adults are able to judge vehicle speeds over 20mph, children were not.

The study, which is published in the international journal Psychological Science, is part of a larger project sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Visit the Royal Holloway site to read about the study

Updated June 2011