It seems surgeons are often in a rush to get to the hospital after it was revealed a whopping 23 per cent have a speeding conviction.

After looking at over 18 million car insurance quotes, MoneySupermarket.com discovered surgeons were only beaten by 'operations directors' when it comes to speeding fines.

The high-paid profession is seemingly one of the most likely to have speeding convictions with nearly one in four caught driving over the legal speed limit.

Speedy surgeons were only 0.1 per cent behind operations directors in the speediest profession charts and the big wage theme continued in the top ten worst speeding drivers.

The wall of shame included several managerial and director-level positions including sales directors (21.1 per cent), managing directors (19.7 per cent) and chartered surveyors (19.1 per cent).

Chief executives, commissioned officers, financial advisors, hospital consultants and barristers were all named in the top ten worst offenders for speeding, according to the research.

It could have something to do with the choice of car from those in better-paid roles. For example, 20.9 per cent of Jaguar XK drivers have a speeding conviction, closely followed by the Audi A5 and BMW 6 Series in the worst offenders by car driven.

Meanwhile, the brands most likely to speed reads like a who's who of executive level daily drivers with Porsche, Aston Martin, Jaguar and Bentley making up the top four worst offenders.

It seems wage does have an effect on speeding with cafe workers the best-behaved drivers on the road. The statistics show only 3.8 per cent of cafe workers have a speeding conviction in the UK.

Food processors were in second place with 3.7 per cent and casual workers were in third with 3.4 per cent.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, driving instructors were the fourth-best behaved drivers on the road with just 3.3 per cent earning a speeding conviction.

And the list of cars least likely to speed was a collection of lower-priced, less powerful city cars and small hatchbacks with the Ford Ka leading the way.

Other models to make the top five cars likely to speed included the Proton Savvy, Hyundai Amica, Rover 114 and Rover Metro, four more obscure, older cars with limited power.

However, drivers of these cars will be relieved to hear an insurance policy with no speeding convictions will avoid an average 17 per cent rise in price for those who do have a speeding conviction.

This will be even higher for younger drivers who have a speeding conviction, which means the best way to secure a low insurance premium is to not be caught speeding in the first place.