Statistics from the Department of Transport suggest that drivers risk being involved in road traffic accidents wherever they drive; from the most rural winding country tracks to the nation’s busiest motorways, there is always a risk of injury, especially as the vast majority of crashes are caused by human error. Of course, some roads are more dangerous than others but it’s wise to be wary of driving hazards wherever you drive.
Which roads are the most dangerous for driving?
The latest statistics from the Road Safety Foundation show that the A18 between Laceby and Ludborough is currently the most dangerous road in the UK. There were 17 fatalities on this 10-mile stretch of road between 2011 and 2013. Other routes topping the list of most dangerous for driving include the A36 in Hampshire and the A588, which runs between Lancaster and Blackpool.
In terms of regions that are more dangerous for driving, both urban areas and rural communities harbour car accident risks. Although traffic tends to move slowly in cities and towns, especially at peak times, accidents on the road are common. Rural drivers face the challenges of winding roads and blind bends, adverse weather conditions and poor visibility and narrow lanes.
Driving safely: How to reduce your risk of being involved in an accident
Nobody wants to be involved in a car crash, yet most collisions on the road are caused by human error. If you are preparing for a long journey or you’re nipping out to do the school run or the morning commute, here are some pointers to bear in mind:
- stick to the speed limit
- keep a safe distance between the your car and the vehicle in front
- always check your mirrors and your blind spot before moving off, turning or changing lane
- only overtake when it is safe to do so
- slow down and consider pulling over in a safe place if the weather turns bad and affects your visibility
- take extra care and adjust your stopping distance if it is wet, foggy or icy
- always keep your eyes on the road
- avoid trying to do anything else, such as using your phone, changing the radio or applying make-up, when driving
If you’ve been injured in a road accident, which wasn’t your fault, call Accident Advice Helpline today to find out more about making a no win, no fee claim for road traffic accident compensation. The lines are open 24 hours a day on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.