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Single carriageways more dangerous than motorways

Date: 25/10/2013 11:13:29
Category: Fleet tracking
Author: Joe Elvin

Britain's single carriage A-roads are seven times more dangerous for motorists than motorways, according to new research. 

A report compiled by the Road Safety Foundation has revealed that 62 per cent of serious accidents occurred on single carriageways last year, making them by far the riskiest roads to drive on in the UK.

The statistics suggested that single carriageways were three times more dangerous than dual carriageways. More than a fifth of the accidents recorded on single carriageways involved pedestrians or cyclists.

With these statistics in mind, fleet managers may want to use their vehicle tracking systems to plot safer routes for their drivers.

Edmund King, president of the Automobile Association (AA), has suggested that motorists should certainly bear these figures in mind when travelling along single carriageways.

Speaking to independent.co.uk, he said: "Most drivers assume that motorways or dual carriageways are the most dangerous roads due to the higher speed of traffic.

"This report clearly dispels that myth as the risk to road users is now seven times greater on single carriageway A-roads than motorways. Drivers need to be aware of the added risks and adapt their driving accordingly."

According to sky.com, the report also named the ten most dangerous roads in Britain. The A537 from Buxton to Macclesfield was ranked as the worst, as 44 serious accidents were recorded there between 2007 and 2011. All of the top ten roads were based in England.

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