How To Beat Speed Cameras

I'd like to share a radical and apparently not well known secret of how to avoid being fined by speed cameras, or any human-operated police speed trap.

By using this method I've not had to pay a single speeding fine or receive a single demerit point in over 30 years of driving. The money I've saved over that period, compared with what most drivers would spend on fines in that time, is considerable.

And the secret is ... don't drive faster than the speed limit. Yes, thats all there is to it. So simple, and within everyone's capabilities, but most people just don't seem to get it. So much so that you'd think driving at the speed limit was indeed some closely guarded secret, or ultra-radical idea.

The consistant habit of driving at the speed limit makes a lot of sense when you look at it objectively:

  • Avoidance of speeding fines: saves money, or the time and effort of fighting a fine
  • Avoidance of demerit points: loss of drivers license can be avoided
  • No need to purchase and use devices (illegal in some places) that detect police radar
  • No need to check media for speed camera locations
  • No need to watch the roadside for cameras or radars - more attention can be given to the traffic instead
  • Better fuel consumption (eg a 10% reduction in speed leads to a 19% reduction in wind resistance)
  • Brakes will last longer when they don't have to burn off as much speed
  • Cars suffer less wear and tear, especially in city driving where more speeding up and slowing down is done
  • Excess speed causes some accidents, therefore less speed can reduce this risk
  • Less speed will lessen the consequences of accidents caused by things other than speed (eg carelessness), resulting in less severe injuries
  • Driving is less stressful and more relaxed without the anxiety induced by the urge to get ahead of others, or the frustration of being slowed down by law-abiding non-speeders
  • Lateness is reduced when one chooses to "go with the flow" (and allow extra time for it) rather than rely too much on getting past other cars
  • Peace of mind: its a grossly under-rated benefit of knowing you're not breaking the law!
  • Slightly longer journey time (possibly)
  • Greater likelihood of being tailgated by speeders
  • Feelings of being the odd one out in a world where traffic laws are commonly ignored

The disadvantages of driving at the speed limit are not very compelling. You may reach your destination a little sooner, but possibly not. In metropolitan driving I'm frequently overtaken by speeding drivers, only to catch up with them later at traffic lights, seemingly unaware of how pointless their speeding and lane changing was. On traffic-free country roads some time could be saved, but is it worth the risks and costs? What's the rush anyway? Far too many people drive like idiots to get home a few minutes sooner, only to waste several hours in front of the television. If you want to save a few minutes in your day, try hitting the TV off button instead: its cheaper, and more time can be gained.

As for tailgaters, I just ignore them. And so what if you feel like the odd one out? If those around you think its "normal" to defy logic and common sense to break the traffic laws, and blame speed cameras for the inevitable fines they bring upon themselves, then who wants to be normal anyway?

If you haven't already, why not try this method of beating speed cameras ... by driving at the speed limit. It won't be easy at first if you're addicted to speed, but driving at the speed limit can become a habit that's equally as hard to break, except cheaper, safer, and more relaxing.


I'm advocating driving at or close to the speed limit, where road and traffic conditions allow this. Driving substantially slower than the speed limit without good reason can itself be a hazard if it obstructs traffic flow and causes frustration in other drivers.
Avoidance of speed camera fines also depends upon the speed cameras being accurate and operated correctly. Errors undoubtedly occur, but this is no excuse for driving too fast then trying to blame the camera. I've driven past hundreds or even thousands of speed cameras or police radars without being caught by innacurate devices, so I suspect camera innaccuracy is not as common as some claim.