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British motorists don’t know their limits

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01/06/2012
Drivers can be paying heavily for their ignorance of the legal speed limits set on our roads.

A survey by insurer LV= has found that seven out of 10 (71%) drivers don’t know the legal speed limits when tested on the maximum speed you’re allowed to drive on a rural road, single carriageway, dual carriageway, motorway or a road in a built up area.

It has warned that drivers are paying heavily for their ignorance.

Since 2009, nearly one in 10 (9%) drivers have been caught speeding and 17% of these have been caught two or three times.

On average, drivers are caught exceeding the speed limit by 8.5mph but a small minority (4%) have been caught speeding by as much as 20mph or more over the limit, putting themselves and other road users at danger.

John O’Roarke, managing director of LV= car insurance, said: “It is alarming that so many motorists cannot correctly identify the legal speed limit on UK roads when tested. If a driver is caught exceeding the limit by just a few mph, they can still be fined and given penalty points. The police data shows that more speeding motorists are being caught each year and drivers should take care to know their limits to avoid a fine, penalty points or worse.”

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