Lewis Hamilton this week spoke in support of an FIA initiative to promote safety on the roads, ahead of his home grand prix at Silverstone this weekend.
The reigning World Champion was in Westminster to help raise awareness of global road deaths, and what can be done to prevent them.
"When the FIA Foundation invited me to speak here today, and when they briefed me by telling me exactly how many people die on the world's roads every year - a total of 1.3 million – I was shocked," said Hamilton.
"So the message I want to send out to drivers is: take a step back and think before you act. You could easily make a mistake and lose a friend's life or your own life. It's about being sensible and making the right decisions on the road. If you want to have fun, go to a go-kart circuit.
"When you're on a circuit, the target is to be as fast as you can - but away from a circuit, on the roads, it's all about safety. On the roads it's not just you out there – you have oncoming traffic, you have people crossing the roads, and you may have passengers.
"Speed limits are there for a reason and I think everyone should stick to them - I do. Ok, everyone has made mistakes – I admit I have in the past. But you learn lessons from your mistakes and when you become more aware of the implications of your actions, you take more care.
"In the UK, we've made great progress on road safety but much more can be done. We need a global decade of action for road safety to cut the number of deaths by half. It's an ambitious vision but not an impossible one, and it could help to save millions of lives."