Drivers more likely to speed when in other people’s cars, research finds

Almost half (48 per cent) of people in the UK who drive for their job have admitted to speeding while at work.

According to a study by telematics provider Masternaut, a quarter of people also said they are more likely to speed in a vehicle that was not their own. Statistics show that speeding contributes to 14 per cent of all injury collisions, 15 per cent of crashes resulting in a serious injury and 24 per cent of fatal collisions.

In the motor trade industry employees will regularly be called upon to drive other people’s vehicles, whether for repairs or to transport cars being sold. It is essential they take the same care while doing so as they would when behind the wheel of their own car, but for a motor trade business, a road risks insurance policy can help account for the dangers of an employee being in a road accident while working as it can offer cover for the vehicle, the driver and other people’s cars.

Masternaut’s research uncovered the British cities that had the most people admit to speeding. At the top of the list was Exeter at 84 per cent, while Cardiff was found to be the most speed conscious place in the UK, with just 23 per cent of residents breaking the speed limit.

Martin Hiscox, CEO and chairman of Masternaut, commented: “We were surprised that people feel that it’s more acceptable to speed for work than pleasure and there’s a serious message about the role of the employer in providing duty of care to their staff and the public at large.

“Speeding is an issue that employers need to put the brakes on, whether their staff are driving their own vehicles or those provided by the company.”