Drivers Like Speeding on Motorways

Duh! You gotta love those researchers with a lot of spare time on their hands. So much spare time, that they keep on bombarding us with studies and surveys about the most obvious behavioral patterns drivers will ever display.

The latest such “achievement” is a so called study commissioned by road safety charity Brake and insurance company Direct Line. Their research revolved around a simple question: do drivers speed on motorways?

Well, again, duh! Of course they do. We didn't need this study to know that, but hey, since it has been paid for...

According to the findings, about 61 percent of those questioned (942 drivers) admit to have been driving at about 10 mph above the legal speed limit. The study doesn't reveal the reasons behind why this is so, but we all know you don't need a particular reason to drive faster than you should.

Of course, there is a downside to the speeding thing, and that was the purpose of the entire survey conducted by Brake and Direct Line. Last year, British motorways claimed the lives of 132 people.

''You might think you're saving time, but if you speed on motorways you contribute to congestion, and increase your risk of a catastrophic crash,” Brake campaigns director Julie Townsend was quoted as saying by The Telegraph.

''For every mile per hour you drive faster, you dramatically increase your stopping distance, impeding your ability to stop in a crisis.”

Aside for the people admitting to drive faster than they should, the study revealed that 54 percent of motorists drive too near to other vehicles on motorways.
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