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Most common motoring convictions

New research, released recently by Confused.com, reveals the top ten motoring convictions that have taken place on UK roads.

The most common driving offence was speeding – affecting 49% of customers of Confused.com who had a motoring conviction during the sample period. This was followed by motorists caught driving with hand-held devices (10%), while alcohol related motoring convictions contributed to 5% of all offences.

Other common driving offences in the top ten were: failing to comply with traffic signals; driving while uninsured against third party risks; driving without due care and attention and driving a vehicle with defective tyres.

As well as the criminal sanctions which can be imposed for these offences – including penalty points, fines and a driving ban – Confused.com points out that any driving conviction is likely to have an adverse effect on the driver’s insurance premium.

The insurer took a sample quote for a 30 year old female marketing manager in Cardiff, driving a 2003 Mini Cooper, 6,000 miles a year with 5 years NCD, and revealed that if she received a conviction for driving uninsured against third party risks, her insurance premium would grow by a whopping 131%.

While this was the highest increase for any of the ‘top ten’ convictions, all of them increased the hypothetical driver’s insurance premium to some extent.