Drivers are most likely to speed on Sundays

Sunday drivers are most likely to speed

Racing back for work on a Sunday evening, or nipping to the takeaway on a Wednesday night? New data reveals the days and times UK motorists are most likely to speed.

Department for Transport (DfT) research into speeding trends suggests drivers are more likely to speed on Sundays than any other day of the week.

Data also shows as many as 92% of drivers fail to declare speeding convictions when shopping around for car insurance.

Speeding trends

The figures, obtained by MoneySuperMarket, show 53% of Sunday drivers test their speedometer limits, making this the most dangerous day to be on the roads.

Saturday comes in a close second with 51% of drivers admitting to breaching speed limits, while Wednesday and Thursday were named the most sensible days of the week, with only 46% of surveyed drivers caught speeding.

Whatever the day, early morning was shown to be the most likely time to break limits, with 63% of drivers doing so between 4am and 5am.

Rachel Wait from MoneySuperMarket, commented: “Our findings suggest that drivers are looking to take advantage of emptier roads on weekends and in the early hours.

“But it is important to remember that there are still major safety rules to abide by, no matter what time it is.”

Most drivers plead ignorance

Research suggests that speeding is habitual for 17% of drivers, with 42% claiming ignorance, saying they weren’t paying attention to their speed.

Insurance premiums increase by an average of £72 per conviction, making speeding an expensive habit. However, only 8% of drivers declare their speeding convictions when purchasing car insurance.

Rachel Wait advised: “If you are caught speeding and want to keep your insurance costs down, it’s worth seeing whether you can take part in a speed awareness course, which means you won’t get points on your licence and provides a helpful reminder about speeding limits and the importance of driving safely.”

Want to get the lowdown on all the latest speeding laws? Check out our guide to 2019 speeding laws here.

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