Motorists admit 'dangerous' speeds on motorways
61% of drivers have admitted to driving at dangerously high speeds on motorways, with 23% doing so at least once a week, according to new research.
The survey of 942 drivers, carried out by Brake the road safety charity and Direct Line, also reveals that 54% are failing to leave a big enough gap between them and the vehicle in front, when driving on motorways.
Many drivers believe motorways are safer than other roads because there are fewer hazards such as pedestrians and cyclists. However, Brake points out that if a driver crashes on a motorway there is a 40% greater chance it will result in death or serious injury than on other types of road.
Julie Townsend, Brake’s campaigns director, said: “You might think you’re saving time, but if you speed on motorways you contribute to congestion, and increase your risk of a crash. For every mph you drive faster, you increase your stopping distance.
“We have all experienced jams caused by motorway crashes. Addressing motorway speeding is vital if we hope to tackle these deaths and injuries. It’s time we all acknowledged that speeding is not without its consequences – and committed to sticking to limits on motorways.”
For more information contact Ellen Booth, from Brake, on 01484 55006.