Brake survey shows alarming statistics on speeding
The survey carried out by Brake and Direct Line Motor Insurance found that six in ten drivers (61%) admit driving at dangerously high speeds (80mph+) on motorways, with one in four (23%) doing so at least once a week – increasing risks and contributing to congestion.
Brake has highlighted that vehicles travelling at 80mph or more take far longer to stop and will hit harder in a collision, and has also pointed to evidence that shows driving above the speed limit on motorways leads to increased differential speeds, affecting "flow" and causing congestion.
The survey of 942 drivers also revealed that more than half of drivers (54%) are failing to leave a big enough gap (by counting two seconds) between them and the vehicle in front when driving on motorways – leaving them insufficient braking space in a crisis. One in four (22%) admitted to breaking the two-second rule at least weekly.
Andy Goldby, director of motor underwriting at Direct Line, said: 'It may be very tempting for drivers to put their foot down on the motorway, however, as the findings from our research shows, they need to cut their speed and increase the distance between themselves and the vehicle in front. Many drivers admit to speeding as they are in a rush to get to their destination, but speeding can end up causing traffic congestion! So by simply planning their journey, driving at a consistent speed within the limit and giving themselves plenty of time, drivers can reduce both the risk of being late or not getting there at all.'