Car insurance: 'Speed tourist' warning for UK drivers

Tuesday, 30 May 2006

Drivers who head to Germany for the World Cup are more likely to speed in the UK when they return, car insurance experts suggest.

The new 'speed tourist' claims are based on admissions by British drivers that more than a quarter (28 per cent) break the speed limit on their return to the UK as they had got used to driving at high continental speeds.

Europe offers a confusing array of speed limits for the British driver, with 75mph in Spain and Switzerland, but almost no limit on Germany's infamous autobahns.

And many drivers admit they prefer driving at the higher speeds abroad – although they risk fines and increased car insurance premiums if they do so in the UK.

Privilege Insurance managing director Ian Parker said: "We know how tempting it can be to drive fast where speed limits are less rigid than in the UK, but almost one in ten accidents happen when motorists are speeding so drivers need to be mindful of the speed limit to reduce the likelihood of accidents.

"It is clear from our research that some British drivers are heading abroad specifically to drive faster than they would at home and are forgetting the upper UK speed limit of 70mph (112kph) when they get back."

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