Crossing the Pennines and connecting Hull with Liverpool via Manchester and Leeds, the M62 is one of the most used motorway routes in the UK. Millions of motorists use the route each week for business, commuting and getting from A to B in the region. Naturally, there is the risk of a road traffic accident due to this.
How can I stay clear of road traffic accidents on the M62?
As with any road anywhere in the world, there is no clear way of staying out of danger, with a variety of factors contributing to any road traffic incident. But, there are certain areas in which extra caution needs to be exercised in order to help stay safe.
- J5-J7 – With quick and easy access to Liverpool John Lennon airport, the areas surrounding Junctions 5-7 can get very busy. Added traffic and drivers attempting to follow road signs to reach their destinations can increase the chances of road traffic accidents, making this an area in which to exercise extra caution.
- J10 – Junction 10 connects the M62 with the M6, allowing motorists to head towards the Midlands or Manchester Airport. Such links create large quantities of traffic, making exiting and entering the stretch of motorway dangerous at certain times. It is important to stay calm at peak hours and not take rash actions.
- J29 – Another area of the M62 with links to other motorway networks is Junction 29. Motorists are free to move on to the M1 at this stage to either travel towards London, exit for cities such as Leeds, or use smaller roads to gain access to a number of other towns and areas. Due to this congestion, which can be high at peak levels, caution must be exercised when entering or exiting the M62 or changing lanes.
On the whole, UK motorways are very safe in comparison with other countries. The M62 is an example of this, with safety precautions in place to prevent accidents, ease recovery after problems and reduce fatalities. But, there will always be some accidents, with collisions an unavoidable part of driving. Some areas are more prone to problems, but all areas have the potential for danger. It is therefore important to remain calm and attentive on the motorway, and take regular breaks on long journeys to stay safe.
Date Published: September 14, 2013
Author: David Brown