Car insurance holders often flash to alert others of speed checks

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Almost half of car insurance policyholders admit they flash their headlights to alert other drivers of a speed check, a new poll has revealed.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) found that motor insurance holders do this to reduce the risk of another driver being caught and fined during a speed check.

Last month, a motorist was prosecuted and fined £175 with costs of £250 after warning other drivers about a speed check taking place.

Some 70 per cent of the 4,800 polled by the IAM said they did not believe it was fair for a driver to be prosecuted for doing this. However, 21 per cent said they should be.

IAM chief examiner Peter Rodger said: "The biggest reason for not flashing to warn of a speed check is safety, with 'drivers who speed deserve to be caught and fined' and 'the meaning of the flash could be misinterpreted', each polling a third of the votes from those who don’t flash."

Recently, moneysupermarket.com urged drivers to use price comparison sites to get the best possible deal on their car insurance policy.

Posted by Claire Carter

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