The most common UK driving offences – and UK drivers 'getting worse'

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The most common UK driving offences - and UK drivers 'getting worse'

The most common driving offence in the UK is motorists breaking the speed limit.

This is according to a study by True Solicitors, which has revealed the most common driving offences in the UK.

Speed limit offences top the list, followed by licence, insurance and record keeping offences.

True Solicitors studied government data from the last decade to uncover the UK’s most common motoring offence, whether offences are increasing overall and if we’re getting better at driving, before collating 5 top tips to help us stay safe on the roads.

Key Findings

  • Speeding continues to be the most common motoring offence for Brits 
  • Brits are worse drivers than they were in 2011  
  • Drivers in Manchester are searching the most for driving tips

Speeding continues to be the most common motoring offence for Brits

True Solicitors analysed motoring offences over the past eight years – including where motorists were found guilty in court, handed fixed penalty notices and written warnings – and found that speeding continues to be the most common driving offence.

The study found: “Since 2011, the number of speeding offences has increased by an average of 5%  each year to a total of more than 15 million.

“Similarly, driving offences related to licence, insurance and record keeping – including driving whilst disqualified, uninsured vehicles, false statements of insurance and fraud and forgery – increased by 6% between 2014 and 2018.

“Other common offences for motorists are those that involve neglecting road regulations (other than speeding), failing to supply information to identify the driver and other similar incidents.

Offences relating to dangerous, careless and driving under the influence have continued to decrease by an average of 9% annually.”

True Solicitors studied government data from the last decade to uncover the UK’s most common motoring offence, whether offences are increasing overall and if we’re getting better at driving, before collating 5 top tips to help us stay safe on the roads.

Key Findings

  • Speeding continues to be the most common motoring offence for Brits 
  • Brits are worse drivers than they were in 2011  
  • Drivers in Manchester are searching the most for driving tips

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