Now most people at some point in their lives have been caught speeding, whether they like to admit it or not. You could be lost in thought thinking about work or using the steering wheel as a drum to your favourite rock song, and BOOM! A speed camera flashed you doing 33mph in a 30mph zone; resulting in potential points on your license, a fine and if your lucky enough, attendance of a speeding awareness course. Well, if you’re reading this and can relate, you’re not alone. I stumbled across an interesting study the other day which looked at the correlation between music and driving to see if what you listened to in the car could impact what you did behind the wheel. The study was called ‘Blame it on the boogie’ by UK car leasing firm All Car Leasing where they found that around a third of their respondents had been caught speeding in the past six years; 51% of those who were caught speeding often listened to the radio, which allowed them to conclude that those who listen to radio are actually 22% more likely to speed than those who listen to their own music. Because of this study, I thought it would be a good idea to create a mini guide on how to best avoid a speeding ticket!
Tips to avoid a speeding ticket
Stick just under the speed limit – A great way of avoiding a speeding ticket is of course, staying under the speeding limit! It is a great idea to keep just underneath the speed limit by consistently checking the speedometer, or even better set your cruise control if you have it in the car already. Even going just one or two miles an hour over the speed limit can trigger a camera so be careful in doing so and don’t go crazy on the gas!
Take a safety driving course – Although it was daunting enough getting lessons and doing the driving test in the first place, many drivers also go on to do extra courses after they have passed to improve both their driving ability and driving safety. They can be expensive, but just a few lessons can lead you to be an overall safer driver.
Drive according to the environment around you – You don’t have to stick near the speed limit all the time, as that is why it is the limit at the end of the day. It is best to drive according to the environment around you. For example, in busy pedestrian areas, such as high streets, take it slower so that you give yourself more time to react to situations. Or, if the weather is catastrophic and there is a storm inbound, avoid driving faster to get home and take it easy so that you don’t receive a speeding ticket or worse, injure yourself from crashing.