Driving in the UK is often dangerous, no matter what part of the country you are in, as the weather conditions that hit much of the country during the winter months can make road surfaces and visibility extremely poor. A combination of snow and ice creating slippery roads and heavy rain and fog leading to low levels of visibility, can ensure a difficult time even for careful and experienced motorists.
However some roads, in certain parts of the UK, are particularly dangerous for driving on, regardless of issues such as the weather and other motorists. If you have been involved in an accident contact Irwin Mitchell.
Research into this area has indicated that the part of the UK which is the most dangerous overall for driving is Scotland. The research into the matter conducted by the Road Safety Foundation indicated that Scotland had the highest proportion of road traffic accidents and accident blackspot roads out of all the parts of the UK. However there a number of other dangerous places to drive in other parts of the UK, with roads in the Northern Parts of England coming second to Scotland in the list of the most dangerous parts with roads such as the part of the A537, in Cheshire, going between Macclesfield and Buxton, and the A621 between Baslow and Totley in South Yorkshire ranking high on the list of dangerous places to drive in the UK.
According to the Road Safety Foundation statistics, the safest part of the UK for driving is the West Midlands, but in addition, places which had previously been considered amongst the most dangerous have now been considerably improved. One example of this is A40 going from Llandovery to Camarthen, which has been subject to major safety improvements, including anti-skid resurfacing and better road junctions, greatly reducing the number of accidents that happen on this road. Indeed junctions, along with single-carriageway roads proved to be the most dangerous places to drive in the UK, in terms of actual roads — with thirty percent of accidents happening at junctions, and six times as many on single carriageway roads, as on motorways or dual-carriageways.