The A1 is, arguably, one of the most important roads in the UK. Connecting the capitals of England and Scotland (London and Edinburgh), the long stretch of tarmac is used by millions of motorists every day as they go about commuting to work, travelling for work or generally getting from A to B. Parts of this road have been made into stretches of motorway known as the A1(M) to ease traffic flow and help keep journeys both efficient and pleasurable. As with any form of road, there are hazards to look out for which could lead to road traffic accidents or other problems.
What areas should I look out for to avoid road traffic accidents?
A road traffic accident can occur anywhere, so there are no areas in particular that should be avoided. However, there are certain points that are slightly more risky than others and have been the setting for collisions in the past.
- J3-J4 – Near to London, traffic volumes on the A1(M) can be high, with many commercial vehicles and commuters heading into and out of the city. This creates vast amounts of traffic, increasing the likelihood of road traffic accidents. Road traffic accidents occur frequently in this area, with one earlier this year resulting in a fatality when a motorcycle collided with a car.
- J60-61 – Some way from London, the areas surrounding Junctions 60 and 61 are known to be slightly more hazardous than others. Weather conditions in the area throughout the winter months can lead to reduced visibility, road traffic accidents and delays, which is something to bear in mind when travelling through the area.
- J62-65 – Heading towards the English-Scottish border, roads are known to be a little more hazardous. The region surrounding Junctions 62-65 is, again, one where weather conditions can have a major bearing on safety. Earlier this year between Carville and Chester-le-Street there were multiple road traffic accidents, with one in particular requiring passengers to be cut free from their vehicle by the emergency services.
In general, the UK’s motorway networks are thought of as safe and relatively accident-free. The A1(M) is no different, but there are areas where extra caution should be taken to ensure a safe journey. Always remember to get plenty of rest before a long journey, stay alert, and take regular breaks to minimise risks.