Britain’s roads are getting safer – according to the Road Safety Foundation’s (RSF) annual report the number of fatalities decreased by 2% between 2012 and 2013. However as many as 64 people are still getting killed or seriously injured every single day.
That’s more than 2,300 people every year.
And although the risk on Britain’s ‘A’ roads and motorways has reduced by 12% over the last six years, single carriageway ‘A’ roads have seven times the risk of motorways and three times the risk of dual carriageways.
Not only that, but six out of ten crashes occur on rural roads.
If you’re confused as to why a stretch of road in Scotland that has seen just 18 fatal or serious crashes in a five-year period is considered more dangerous than one that has seen 52 fatal or serious crashes over the same period, it’s because the figures are based upon EuroRAP ratings.
These ratings are based not only upon the amount of accidents that occur on a road, but on more than 30 different road design features that are known to influence the likelihood of a crash and its severity – including, intersection design, road cross-section and markings, roadside hazards, footpaths and cycle lanes.
Avoiding an accident
Obviously, you can’t go around avoiding roads just because it has an increased crash risk, but you can reduce the risk by keeping within the advertised speed limits and being aware of what’s happening on the road around you at all times.
Driving at a safe speed and paying attention to the road ahead will mean you have a better chance of anticipating and avoiding an accident.
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