Driving at 80mph on motorways will cost drivers more than £3,000

Written by Ellie

Breaking the speed limit is illegal; everyone with a full driving license knows this (or at least they should) and yet, you don’t need to look very hard to find someone driving at faster than 70mph on your local M-road.

It is also common knowledge that driving faster than you need to burns more fuel, however, new research has put into numbers just how much money speeding motorists are wasting.

The average UK driver who drives at 80mph on a motorway will spend an extra £3,064 in fuel over a lifetime, compared to those who travel at 60mph, according to research from car repair website ClickMechanic.com.

It’s not just a cost thing either, there’s an environmental impact too, with cars travelling at 80mph emitting an extra 5.67 tonnes of CO2 – the equivalent of an entire elephant in fumes.

Major difference

The optimum speed for most cars is around 55mph; anything faster and fuel consumption becomes less efficient and the mpg begins to decrease. So the faster a car travels, the more a driver will spend on fuel and even the most minor increases can make a major difference.

For example, a typical Fiat 500 driver travelling at 65mph instead of 60mph will spend an additional £482 on fuel over their driving lifetime. Speed up to 70mph and the additional lifetime cost more than triples to £1,491, rising to £2,288 at 75mph.

Andrew Jervis, co-founder of ClickMechanic, said: “Speeding along an empty motorway can be tempting, however, with greater speed comes a longer reaction time and so it can obviously be dangerous for yourself and other drivers, not to mention you’re breaking the law.

Molly Benton, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, added: “In the same breath, driving too slowly isn’t safe either and can also cause accidents. Our advice is to always maintain a steady speed on the road and be aware of those around you.”

Motorists can save money on fuel by taking out a fuel card. You’ll be able to fill up at every major brand including BP, Esso, Shell and Texaco and you’ll enjoy fixed price fuel costs. Head to fuelcardservices.com/apply-online to apply now.

Find out more about ClickMechanic here.

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Posted on 16th November 2017

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