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Speeding is still the top motoring offence

Latest Motor News // 06 October 2015

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Recent figures published by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), indicate that speeding is still the top road offence, and this has been the case for the past decade.

However, in the past 12 months there has been a sharp rise in the numbers of motorists found guilty of this offence. There has been a 28% increase in those convicted of speeding and the figure now stands at 148,426 compared with 115,935 in 2014. The number is at its highest point since 2005.

There are some things to consider when driving that help you to stay in control of your speed:

  • Speed limits should not be seen as a target speed; instead you should not exceed the limit. They have been put in place to ensure the safety of drivers and minimise the chance of accidents occurring.
  • Think about any possible hazards that you may encounter on your driving route. For example, driving on country roads. Country roads often have bends occurring – reduce your speed accordingly. Be conscious to break on the approach to a bend rather than breaking on the bend itself.
  • Consider the conditions you are driving in, poor weather conditions require extra care and caution. For example, it is much safer to drive at a slower speed when driving in ice, rain, or fog.
  • The speed you are travelling at will influence the distance between you and the driver in front, be sure to always leave a safe distance between your vehicles.
  • Contemplate the consequences of driving at excessive speed; ultimately, speeding could cause an accident.