Largely following Watling Street, a historic road leading travellers from London via Canterbury into Dover, the A2 has been very busy throughout its history. This is still the case today. So much so, in fact, that part of the stretch, between the M25 and the M2, has now been upgraded to D4M standard.
D4M basically describes a ‘dual four-lane road’ with a hard shoulder. This standard is, at least in England, only applied to roads where daily traffic flow exceeds 70,000 vehicles. It may be applied to motorways or, as is the case with the A2, all-purpose A-class roads.
Navigating the A2
While the A2 is an all-purpose road throughout, it has sections including non-primary single carriageways, primary and dual carriageways, and, of course, the D4M section.
In some places, the A2 was originally a dual carriageway, but has been reverted into a single-lane road by barriers or painted areas. The high density of traffic, variation in road standards, and varying speed limits can make navigating the A2 difficult, if not downright dangerous. The risk of being injured by road traffic accident on the A2 is always present.
Preventing accidents on the A2
Drivers can, however, do much to prevent having accidents on the A2. To actively avoid traffic accidents on this road remember to:
- Not exceed speed limits
- Take note of signs indicating impending changes in road layout, such as dual carriageway ahead and single carriageway ahead, for example, and adjusting both speed and driving style accordingly
- Avoid distractions, including your mobile phone and scenery
- Take regular breaks to avoid fatigue-related car crashes
- Adjust speed to suit prevailing weather conditions
- Take great care when overtaking and mavoeuvring
In short, as on any other road, motoring accidents on the A2 can be avoided by applying common sense and driving responsibly.
All this, of course, will be of little use if other drivers make mistakes or drive recklessly. Should you be injured in a car accident caused by another driver, you could be eligible to claim driver or passenger injury compensation.
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Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice