The UK’s Most Dangerous Roads – Take care!

Drive safely this winter with help from Logbook Loans…

If you do a lot of driving, you will most probably have roads that you enjoy driving on and roads that you don’t. But interestingly, this may not just be a case of personal preference.

There is a lot of evidence out there claiming to show which are the most dangerous roads in the UK. Whilst car accidents are not something that any of us want to think about, it does make sense to be aware of the risks and to know when to take extra care while driving.

We will look at three different sources of evidence to compile a list of roads to be aware of.

Our first piece of evidence comes in the form of an online map produced by Teletrac Navman. The map is based on fatality data gathered by the Department of Transport and the Police Service of Northern Ireland between 2012 and 2016. It uses this data to identify the most high-risk roads in the UK, measured in terms of the number of fatal accidents on the stretch of road.

Using these criteria, the five most dangerous roads are as follows, with the total fatal accidents between 2012-2016 shown in brackets:

  • A6 from Luton and Cumbria  (70)
  • A5 from London to Holyhead  (67)
  • A40 from London to Fishguard  (65)
  • A38 from Bodmin to Mansfield (59)
  • A1 from London to Edinburgh  (59)

Then research by Carline identified the ten roads that had the most accidents – not all fatal – during 2017. Joint first were the M6 in Cheshire and the A8 in Scotland.

The third source of evidence is from EuroRAP (European Road Assessment Programme). This organisation assesses motorways and A roads outside of urban areas, with the aim of ensuring that road safety remains high on the government’s agenda, and that investment is made into Britain’s roads to make them safer.

Earlier this year, EuroRAP found that accidents on Britain’s roads cost around £36 billion each year. The table below shows its ranking of roads that are persistently higher risk.

EuroRAP studied these roads over two data periods – 2010-2012 and 2013-2015. The order is based not just on the number of accidents but also on the fact that these roads have seen no significant improvements over the two periods,  and have been rated as ‘high’ or ‘medium-high’ risk during both.

It is interesting to compare the above sources of information: there are some similarities and some differences, but this is because they are using different criteria on which to base their judgments.

The key thing to take from this is that we must never forget that driving is potentially dangerous, and when planning our routes perhaps try to avoid the above blackspots if at all possible.

It’s also essential to make sure that you drive carefully and safely, and that you take good care of your car – particularly as we approach winter. Our article on Take Care of Your Car this Winter contains helpful information on both of these aspects.

Stay safe – and remember to check back here soon for more driving tips from Logbook Loans.