Half of drivers believe speeding is acceptable
The majority of drivers (78%) admit to speeding with half (50%) believing that it’s acceptable.
The research by Direct Line Car Insurance found that motorists think it’s OK to drive 26mph in a 20mph zone (29% above the limit) and 56mph in a 50mph zone (12% above the limit).
When asked why they speed, half of speeders (51%) admitted to doing so without realising it, but said they slow down when they notice. However, a third (34%) deliberately speed when the road is empty, while a fifth (19%) do so when they are running late. One in 20 (5%) admitted they speed because they enjoy the thrill of driving quickly.
The research also found nearly two in five (39%) of drivers have been caught speeding.