According to EuroRAP, we should be paying just as much attention to the condition of our roads as we do to the condition of our cars. Poor surface conditions cost our economy £15 billion and over 1,500 lives in 2015, and with an average of 67 people being killed or seriously injured each day in road-related accidents, it is essential that we know which roads should be treated with extra care when we are driving on them.
Lord Whitty, Chairman of the Road Safety Foundation, said: “The largest single cause of death is running off the road, where poor roadside protection can see brutal impacts take place.”
According to Direct Line, these are Britain’s Top 3 Most Dangerous Roads:
- A285 Chichester, Petworth: This road is a curvy twelve-mile stretch in West Sussex, and accounts for half of all fatal crashes in the UK
- A155 Revesby, Lincolnshire: This road accounts for 33% of crashes with pedestrians and cyclists
- A909 Burntisland, Kelty: This road has 64% of crashes seeing drivers go off the road
The danger doesn’t stop there, though. Here are some of the UK’s other most hazardous roads:
- North East: A688 Barnard Castle
- North West: A588 between the A585 (Blackpool) and Lancaster
- Yorkshire and Humber: A643 between Brighouse and Morley
- East England: A1101 Mildenhall, Bury St Edmunds
- West Midlands: A428 between the A46 (Coventry) and A5
- South West: A383 between A38 and A380
- Wales: A44 between Llangurig and Aberstwyth
Sources: Direct Line and Highways Magazine.