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Worst UK Roads to Drive On

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While we probably all have our least favourite roads to drive on – be it because of potholes, potential for tailbacks or simply because they’re right in the city centre – you can always find solace in the thought that there are some much worse – and more dangerous – roads out there. In this article, we’ll be taking a look at exactly which roads these are, so you’ve got a bit of mental ammunition next time you’re stuck trying to negotiate your tarmac-based nemesis.

The A1 (through Rutland)

Surprisingly, sandwiched between counties with relatively few road traffic collisions, the stretch of A1 which runs through Rutland is particularly dangerous. With over five fatal traffic accidents per 10,000 residents, this road will probably make you want to take the scenic route next time you’re heading from London to Scotland.

The A6

Running from Hertfordshire through Northamptonshire to Cumbria, the A6 is a popular road for anyone heading west on their trip up north. However, its considerable length (282 miles) means that there’s great potential for collisions. Between 2012-2016, over 70 fatal road traffic accidents occured along the A6.

The A5

The A5, which runs through Greater London all the way to the northwesternmost tip of Wales, is also a road fraught with collisions – 67 fatal collisions between 2012 and 2016, to be exact. Further, this road is 181 miles, so over 100 miles shorter than the A6. A scary thought.

Have a look at this infographic from TeletracNavman to see the traffic details per county:

Most Dangerous Roads in the United Kingdom - Infographic

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Top tips to avoid accidents

We don’t want this article to simply spread fear surrounding some of the UK’s dual carriageways, we want to arm readers with knowledge about how to keep themselves safe while out on the roads.

  • Keep your eyes on the road – simple, but essential. Losing focus makes last-second reactions difficult, if not impossible
  • Don’t use your phone – even taking calls hands-free can distract you, so be careful
  • Don’t leave your high beams on – blinding a driver who is hurtling towards you will cause them to panic, only increasing the chance of a collision
  • Know your stopping distances – you don’t need to know them off by heart, but maintaining your distance from the car in front could well avert a crisis
  • Don’t exceed the speed limit – make sure you stick to the speed limit where appropriate, too. Collisions can often be caused by restless drivers frustrated by going slow
  • Don’t risk it on amber – another driver could well have jumped the gun, too, meaning that a collision could well occur
  • Don’t drink and drive – an explanation isn’t needed here
  • Don’t bait aggressive drivers – in the moment, it can be tempting to react to obnoxious drivers, but the best course of action is to simply stay out of their way and let them pass
  • Be wary of music while driving – listening to loud, fast music while driving can leave you predisposed to making reckless decisions

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