Car loving Brits still feel the need for speed

Fixter survey says 70% of UK drivers knowingly speed with millennials more likely to put their foot down.

Speeding is by far the nation’s most common driving offence, with over two million reported offences in 2016. And speeding is not slowing down, according to a new survey.

Despite the high numbers of motorists who admit to speeding, three in five (60%) said they believe the current punishments are a sufficient deterrent

The study from auto repair start-up Fixter shows that over a fifth (21%) of motorists admitted to speeding when they were running late, while over a quarter (27%) said they would speed any time they thought they could get away with it.

More women (36%) than men (24%) declared they have never knowingly driven over the speed limit, while millennials (25-34 years old) were revealed as the age group to speed, with only 20% saying that they would never knowingly exceed the speed limit.

Damn those millennials. Don’t try this at home kids. (Two Lane Blacktop, Universal Pictures)

Despite the high numbers of motorists who admit to speeding, three in five (60%) said they believe the current punishments are a sufficient deterrent. However, a fifth (20%) of drivers still think the punishments for ignoring the speed limit should be higher.

The survey also looked at what drivers thought of the new Google Maps update which notifies drivers when the speed limit changes, or when there is a speed camera nearby.

Nearly 40% said the update would make them more cautious about sticking to the speed limit, while over a quarter (26%) believed the update will help increase overall driver safety.

“It’s clear from this data, that although there is a significant number of motorists who knowingly speed, there is an appetite for change,” said Limvirak Chea, CEO of Fixter. “We can see that the majority of drivers are optimistic that receiving notifications about changes in the speed limit will make them more cautious when driving and less likely to speed.

“Any improvements we see in the number of speeding offences will have a positive impact on road safety in the UK and, if this update helps achieve this effect, it will be a huge success.”

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