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Half of drivers believe speeding is acceptable

The majority of drivers (78%) admit to speeding with half (50%) believing that it’s acceptable.

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The research found half of drivers think it’s OK to speed.

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.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.