Motorway motoring: need for speed?

Eight out of 10 company car drivers admit to speeding on motorways, according to a new survey.

In total, 81% of company car drivers admitted to regularly breaking the 70mph speed limit, compared to 69% of private motorists.

However, the research for RAC Business, found that 90% still considered themselves to be law-abiding drivers.

The RAC Report on Motoring 2015 findings suggest that some motorists don’t consider speeding to be a serious driving offence, especially on motorways.
In fact two-thirds of company car drivers (64%) believe the law should be changed, with the speed limit increased to 80mph.

Almost half of company car drivers (46%) said they regularly hit speeds of 80mph on a motorway, with a further 5% admitting to reaching 90mph.

However, there are signs that motorists may be taking more care as compared to last year’s findings the proportion of company car drivers admitting to speeding on motorways has dropped 88%. In 2014 to 81% in 2015.

“When you drive as part of your working day and are running late for meetings, it can be very tempting to break the speed limit,” said Jenny Powley of RAC Business.

“It’s worth reminding drivers that the risks associated with speeding can far outweigh the time saved.

“After all, driving at 80mph instead of 70mph will only save you six seconds a mile, or 10 minutes over 100 miles.

“It’s also worth considering the impact of speeding on fuel efficiency. According to the Department for Transport, driving at 80mph can use 25% more fuel than driving at 70mph, so this can have a real impact on the business’ bottom line.

“The growing adoption of telematics technology across fleets of vehicles means that businesses now have more visibility on how often their employees are speeding.”

“This can enable business owners to provide training to encourage better driving behaviour, which will not only mean their drivers are safer on the roads, but significant savings can be made in the cost of fuel and wear and tear on vehicles.”