Don’t Get Busted – Find Out The Secrets Of Average Speed Cameras That They Don’t Want You To Know

Sun 4th Feb 2018

With the UK road network being populated by more and more ‘smart motorways’, the likelihood of encountering an average speed camera is increasing every day.

Motorists could face punishment for driving just 1mph over the speed limit and with 250 miles of the UK’s roads now covered by average speed cameras, including both the M1 and the M6, it’s a growing concern for those who drive the motorways regularly.

Road safety campaigners have said that the cameras are proving to be an ‘effective deterrent’ and make a ‘significant positive impact’ to speeds on the motorway, but there are worries that the cameras could catch-out millions of drivers.

Average speed cameras work differently to the traditional speed camera. Whilst a traditional Gatso camera will record your number plate, usually with a flash, when a driver passes it over the speed limit, an average speed camera will record your vehicle travelling between two set points and then establish your speed. With that in mind, it’s not possible to trick the cameras by speeding up between cameras and then slowing down when you get to the next camera.

One misconception about average speed cameras is that, as they don’t have a ‘flash’, it’s possible to escape detection at night or in poor weather conditions. Unfortunately this is not true, infa-red technology allows average speed cameras to record vehicles at all times.

Another myth, which probably stems from the traditional camera, is that they can run out of ‘film’. Whilst it may have been the norm for some old style cameras to not record every incidence of speeding, average speed cameras actually record their footage to a central computer system, ensuring they log all drivers and their vehicles.

It’s bad news for motorcyclists. Due to the nature of a bike having their number plate at the front, motorcyclists could previously avoid detection, however average speed cameras record the speed of a vehicle from the front.

Sadly for speedy drivers, there is no likely method for escaping punishment from average speed cameras, changing lanes does not help, as the cameras record vehicles across the entire width of the road. And as the cameras become more accurate and reliable it’s thought that some forces may give even less leeway to those who go only slightly over the limit. Previously it’s been generally accepted that you won’t be punished if you only travel 10 per cent plus 2mph over the limit, but some forces have hinted that you may be expected to get a ticket, even if just 1mph over the limit.

One of the biggest worries from breaking the speed limit whilst being tracked by average speed cameras was that you might get a ticket for each camera you pass through over the limit, though these concerns have been played down. The system for recording average speeds usually takes place over a number of cameras, possibly the first and third in a sequence, or second and fourth.

So how can you cheat the speed cameras and avoid getting snapped? Well the harsh reality is that the improvements in technology have now made it almost impossible to beat the system, and it may be time  to start sticking to the speed limits and driving safely.