Skidding is a major issue for road users on more than a quarter of England’s A roads, according to figures from the Department for Transport (DfT).
The report says that 26% of highways need “further investigation” over fears they have an inadequate skid resistance when drivers brake.
This is the highest for that category since the data collection began in 2007/08. London was the worst performer with 45% of roads at risk.
Separate DfT figures show more than 11,000 vehicles skidded in accidents on dry road surfaces in Britain in 2015.
Dangers drivers face
AA president Edmund King said: “Potholes are bad enough, but not being able to stop in time adds another dimension to the danger faced by drivers and other road users.
“It means that, if a law-abiding driver is travelling within the speed limit and a child steps out, what may have been an avoidable accident could become a tragedy.”
Mr King added: “In monetary terms, cutbacks on road maintenance leading to more collisions and casualties passes the costs on to insurance claims and the NHS. And, sometimes, victims pay the ultimate price.”
Martin Tett, transport spokesman at the Local Government Association, said: “It is wrong and unfair that the Government allocates almost 40 times more money per mile to maintaining national roads, which it controls, compared with local roads, which are overseen by councils.
“It is paramount this funding discrepancy is swiftly plugged.”
Maintenance work underway
A Highways England spokesman, which manages the country’s A roads, said: “We have a structured programme to undertake required maintenance of the network.
“All sites identified for investigation as a result of skid resistance surveys are thoroughly investigated.
“Where investigations conclude that maintenance would reduce any increased accident risk, these locations are placed into our maintenance programme.
“Slippery road signs are installed to mitigate any risk while the appropriate scheme is being developed.”
Source: Department for Transport
Date Published: April 4, 2017
Author: Jonathan Brown