The 232-mile long M6 is not only the UK’s longest motorway; it is also one of the country’s busiest motorways. Running north from Catthorpe Interchange (M1, Junction 19, near Rugby), it passes Birmingham, Stoke-on-Trent and Manchester, Preston, Lancaster and Carlisle before terminating, just yards from the Scottish border, at Junction 45 (Gretna Junction).
From this point it continues as the A74(M), turning into the M74 as it heads towards Glasgow.
The risks of the M6
The length and traffic density of the M6 invariably presents drivers heading north with the risk of being injured by road traffic accident. Fatigue, driver errors and poor weather conditions are all common causes of accidents on the M6.
Preventing M6 accidents
To prevent running into trouble and having an accident on the road while travelling along the M6, it is vital to drive responsibly and avoid fatigue setting in. Driving responsibly includes:
- Maintaining reasonable speeds, adhering to limits, and adjusting speed to suit weather conditions
- Alerting other road users to your intentions by signalling correctly and in time
- Not tailgating; keeping a safe distance from other vehicles is vital in the prevention of high speed vehicle collisions
- Selecting required lanes in time and without ‘cutting off’ other vehicles
In order to prevent causing motoring accidents by losing concentration through fatigue or even falling asleep at the wheel, drivers should take regular breaks and have a wander around to stretch their limbs, perhaps have a non-alcoholic drink and a snack.
Large meals should be avoided when travelling, as they can cause increased levels of fatigue.
The further north you get, the more likely it is to hit snow and ice in winter. It is best to be prepared for this by ensuring you have plenty of anti-freeze and washer fluid in the vehicle.
Packing a flashlight, complete with spare batteries, a blanket, and perhaps some emergency rations, including non-alcoholic drinks and light but nutritious snacks, is recommended. Should conditions get too bad to drive safely, it is best to stop somewhere safe and wait for things to improve.
Sometimes, even responsible, careful driving cannot prevent you from being injured by accident on the road. If another driver makes a serious error or falls asleep, there is often little you can do to prevent a car crash. Should this happen and you are injured, find out whether you are entitled to passenger or driver injury compensation by discussing your situation with Accident Advice Helpline.
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Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice