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Drivers committing “easily avoidable” offences

Insurance Revolution have released internal data that reveals the avoidable offences that motorists are committing which are endangering themselves – and others - on the road.

Although the UK has one of the best records in road safety in the world, data from Insurance Revolution, has highlighted that there is still massive room for improvement.

The figures show the breakdown of driving convictions that have taken place in the UK – in terms of type of offence, gender, age group and business type.    

According to the data, speeding and drink driving are the two biggest driving offences in the UK, accounting for the majority of driving convictions.

For both men and women, speeding is responsible for over 80% of “minor” driving offences.

Driving a defective vehicle and failing to comply with a driving signal or sign come in second and third place.

Despite being considered “minor”, these charges can pose a serious threat to motorists and pedestrians – as well as resulting in court appearances, fines and a driving ban.

In terms of major offences, drink driving takes up over sixty per cent of convictions. This can carry a six-month prison sentence, a fine of up to £5,000 and up to eleven points on your license.

Driving without insurance comes in second place.

While more women are convicted of these offences, more men are being charged for driving without due care and attention, causing death by dangerous driving and driving while disqualified.

The age groups most likely to commit serious driving offences are the 25-34 age group for men and women between 35-44 years old.

Managing director of Insurance Revolution, Mark Rigby said: “Although anyone can make a mistake behind the wheel, these figures show just how easily avoidable convictions are.

“Many drivers are approaching driving with a careless attitude - people should be reminded that one small error could affect so many people’s lives the moment they turn on the engine.”

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