Market Research Finds British Motorists Have Need for Speed

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24th August 2012 17:09 - Automotive

As part of its annual Survey of Motorists, a YouGov study on behalf of car insurance specialists Admiral has revealed a worrying attitude to driving fast amongst Britons, since many motorists see speed limits as simply a guide rather than law.

The market research found that over three quarters of UK motorists admitted to driving over the speed limit, while a quarter also believe that this is acceptable.

There was also a pronounced gender difference on the matter. A majority of four out of five men (82%) admitted to driving over the speed limit, compared to less than three quarters (73%) of women. In addition, more than twice as many men (36%) as women (17%) agreed that it's acceptable to overshoot the legal speed limit.

In terms of age, younger motorists are less likely to admit to driving over the speed limit compared to older motorists - 81% of 35-39 year olds owned up to speeding compared to 72% of 18-24 year olds.

Nevertheless, younger drivers are the most likely to agree it’s acceptable to speed on UK roads, with the statistics standing at 36% of 18-24 year olds and 35% of 25-29 year olds having this view compared to18% of 60-69 year olds and 18% of peopleaged 70 and over.

This British need for speed was further confirmed by the majority of respondents (55%) saying that they felt the speed limit on motorways should be 80mph. When it came to driving on residential streets however, over half (56%) said the speed limit should be 30mph.

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