MOTORISTS could face a cruel summer if they put their foot down.
According to new research, June, July and August sees the behaviour of car owners severely deteriorate with drivers more prone to driving too fast on UK roads.
The research, by LexisNexis Risk Solutions, says that UK motorists are 25 per cent more prone to speeding in summer than winter.
It also reveals that drivers are 30 per cent more likely to slam on the brakes during these months suggesting they were driving at an excessive rate.
Hard braking is a strong indicator of inappropriate speed, driver distraction, aggression and lack of road sense.
The data was collected via insurance-reducing telematics devices fitted to vehicles and shows that speeding fines could be a major issue for drivers in the summer.
The driving behaviour of close to 20,000 motorists with telematics policies was analysed and showed drivers cover more miles and with much less caution in summer than in the winter months.
• 68 per cent of drivers have better driver scores in winter (Nov to Feb) than in summer (June to August)
• On average people drive 14 per cent more miles in summer than in winter
• After adjusting for mileage, the average driver will, in summer compared to winter: Hard brake 30 per cent more; Speed on motorways 25 per cent more; Speed on local roads 7 per cent more and Drive on weekday nights 25 per cent more.
Along with increasing the chance of speeding tickets, government data also shows more pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists are involved in road accidents in the summer months.
Speaking about the data Selim Cavanagh, VP of Insurance, UK, for LexisNexis Risk Solutions said: “Sadly, Summer tends to sees a rise in the number of vulnerable road users in road traffic accidents as people get out on foot, bike or motorbike to enjoy better weather.
“Our data on driving behaviour not only provides a clearer understanding of why this might be the case but can put both drivers and insurers on guard to help temper that behaviour.
“Poor driving behaviour and more people using the roads is a bad mix for road safety.”
This latest news comes as speeding fines have recently changed in the UK, which could see motorists having to fork out more cash if they are caught exceeding the stated speed limit.
Under the new rules, drivers can be charged up to 175 per cent of their weekly wage for a major offence or up to 50 per cent for a minor breach of the speed limit.
There is a cap of £1,000 on minor speeding offences or up to £2,500 for major ones.
A three band system will determine the severity of an offence and corresponds to different charges.