It’s a question that crosses every driver’s mind when they go a little faster than they should have down a motorway to get somewhere quickly.

What is the national speed limit, and what do the road signs we whizz past mean? For those who need their memories refreshed, here’s the lowdown.

If you’re driving a car, motorbike, car-derived van or dual purpose vehicle, the speed limit on dual carriageways is 70mph.

If you’re driving any of these vehicles when towing caravans or trailers, the speed limit is 60mph.

For motorhomes or motor caravans under 3.05 tonnes in maximum unladen weight, the speed limit is 70mph, but if your motorhome or motor caravan is over 3.05 tonnes, it’s 60mph.

For buses, coaches and minibuses 12 metres in overall length and under, the speed limit is 60mph – and the same goes for those over 12 metres, too.

Goods vehicles not more than 7.5 tonnes in maximum laden weight have a speed limit of 60mph, and the same applies to those over 7.5 tonnes in England and Wales.

For those over 7.5 tonnes in Scotland, the speed limit is 50mph.

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