Drivers are most likely to speed between 4 and 6am with Sunday being the popular day to break the speed limit, according to Government data obtained by MoneySupermarket.

The price comparison website said 63% of drivers on roads between the two hours on average, with 53% of motorists travelling between the two hours on a Sunday speeding, with Saturday coming a close second (52%).

The firm said almost half of drivers (47%) have been caught exceeding the speed limit with two-thirds admitting to speeding occasionally, while 5% admitted to speeding every time they get behind the wheel and over a quarter (28%) said they consistently abide by the speed limit, having never exceeded the maximum.

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More men than women admitted to regularly speeding, with over half of men (54%) saying they have been caught, compared with 40% of women surveyed.

Citing data from insurance enquiries made on its website, the comparison website found that people in Yorkshire have the highest rate of convictions (10%) in the whole of the UK, while at the other end of the scale, drivers in London and Northern Ireland are most likely to abide by driving laws (both 5% respectively).

Rachel Wait, consumer affairs spokesperson at MoneySupermarket, said: “Our findings suggest that drivers are looking to take advantage of emptier roads on weekends and in the early hours, but it is important to remember that there are still major safety rules to abide by, no matter what time it is.”