Rise in number of speeding drivers, says report

2nd April 2012

UK drivers could be required to change their tyres more regularly after a new report revealed that there was a rise in the number of Brits caught speeding last year.

Official police figures obtained by LV= car insurance show that there were 955,459 incidents of speeding in 2011, a rise of 5.8 per cent from the previous year.

One motorist in Sussex was caught doing 152mph last year – the fastest speed recorded by regional police forces and well ahead of the 2010 record of 144mph.

This increased tendency to speed could result in motorists' tyres deteriorating at a faster rate, prompting more drivers to get replacement compounds.

The survey also revealed an alarming lack of knowledge of legal speed limits, with 71 per cent of motorists polled unable to name the speed limit that applied to a variety of UK roads.

John O'Roarke, managing director of LV= car insurance, said: "It is alarming that so many motorists cannot correctly identify the legal speed limit on UK roads.

"If a driver is caught exceeding the limit by just a few mph, they can still be fined and given penalty points. Drivers should take care to know their limits to avoid a fine, penalty points or worse."

Posted by Danielle Barge