Nine out of 10 company car drivers admit to speeding on motorways
06 October 2016
Author: Daniel Puddicombe
Nearly 90% of company car drivers have admitted to speeding on motorways, new research has claimed.
According to the annual Report on Motoring by the RAC, 88% of the business drivers polled said they have broken the 70mph motorway speed limit, an increase of 7% compared with figures from 2015.
The breakdown company also revealed that almost half (48%) of those surveyed said they exceed the limit on most journeys, compared with a quarter of private drivers.
According to the firm's poll, 51% of company car drivers said they typically drive at 80mph, while 7% said they drive at 90mph.
This is an increase on 2015's statistics when 46% admitted to driving at 80mph and 5% confessed to travelling at 90mph.
Furthermore, 60% claimed it is "totally acceptable" to drive at 80mph on motorways and a third think the current 70mph speed limit is unacceptable. Meanwhile, just over seven in 10 motorists - 71% - believe the speed limit should be raised to 80mph.
"Knowingly breaking the speed limit is a dangerous approach to driving, whether you think you can justify it or not, and the risks associated with speeding 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," said Jenny Powley, corporate business sales director at RAC Business.
"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 significant impact on the business's bottom line."