As a route out of lockdown is expected to be announced by the UK government next week, it will leave many people hoping that a summer holiday is on the cards this year, whether it’s abroad or closer to home. As the demand for UK breaks skyrocketed during 2020, it’s expected the same will happen this year, as Brits plan to enjoy the landscapes and locations that the country has to offer.
One type of staycation that many holiday makers will be considering this year is a UK road trip. Right across Britain there are an abundance of quaint towns and villages, picturesque country landscapes and bustling cities, all of which make the perfect setting for a getaway which is closer to home. Whether you want to enjoy a relaxing week away or a more adrenaline fueled mini-break, a road trip is the best way to explore all of what the UK has to offer.
If the sound of a road trip appeals to you, then it’s important you’re aware of any dangerous roads you may have to travel on. It could be a notorious motorway known for numerous collisions each year or an A road which has seen large numbers of pedestrians injured, it’s vital you’re aware of any potential hazards.
Where are some of the UK’s most dangerous roads located?
A recent campaign launched by LeaseCar UK, aimed to discover the top 10 most dangerous roads in the UK, so we thought we’d share some of their findings with you. Unfortunately, the B576 in Northamptonshire was discovered to be the most dangerous road in the country, as 59 casualties were reported during 2018. If you are injured in a crash then it is best to seek legal representation if there are other parties involved.
The second most dangerous road was found to be the Clydeside Expressway in Glasgow, with 29 people being injured as a result of this infamous road. Finally, finishing third in the table was the A5 in Central Bedfordshire. This busy route recorded 23 casualties during 2018 and although it’s less than 59 at the top of the table, there’s no denying that the numbers need to be reduced.
How can you stay safe when driving on UK roads?
We should all be aware of how to stay safe when driving, but sometimes we can all become too complacent. Although many people carry safety equipment with them in their cars, some even take a traffic cone or triangle (view some UK options here) to use in the case of emergency, people still tend to get lazy when actually driving. To begin with, one of the main causes of road collisions is due to drivers not being aware of cyclists around them. It’s important that you are regularly checking your mirrors and being aware of any blind spots within your car, as well as paying extra attention when you approach a junction.
Another common cause of collisions on UK roads is a result of drivers not leaving enough space between their car and the one in front of them. Guidance suggests that ideally, you should leave a 2 second gap between you and the car in front of you. According to Highways England, an estimated 100 people die on UK roads each year due to not enough space being left between cars, which highlights just how important this is.
We hope this post has been helpful to you if you are planning on enjoying a road trip around the UK this year. As long as you’re aware of any dangerous roads and how to stay safe on them, then you can feel as relaxed as possible when driving to and from different locations.
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