UK’s most dangerous roads revealed

A new study by the Institute of Advanced Motorists has revealed the top 10 most dangerous roads in the UK. The most treacherous stretches of Tarmac were all found to be A roads and rural routes.

Unsurprisingly, the Cat and Fiddle pass in Derbyshire – the A537 to give it its proper name – played a part in the top 10 again. The IAM highlighted the popular stretch for motorcyclists, now fitted with 50mph average speed cameras, “persistently topped the higher risk list” due to its unforgiving roadside furniture.

Steep drops away from roads, rock faces, dry stone walls and severe bends were features of most of the worst 10 offenders.

According to IAM data, the risk of having an accident on single carriageway roads is twice that of a dual carriageway and six times greater than on a motorway, despite the three-lane highways making up the smallest proportion of the nation’s network yet carrying the largest volume of traffic.

It was found that 17% of single carriageway roads are in the highest risk categories, while only 3% of dual carriageways featured. No motorways occupied a position on the list.

The UK’s 10 most dangerous roads (in no particular order) are as follows:

–      A537, Macclesfield to Buxton

–      A686, Penrith to Haydon Bridge

–      A5012, between the A515 and A6

–      A621, Baslow to Totley

–      A5004 Whaley Bridge to Buxton

–      A54, Congleton to Buxton

–      A62, Junction 27 M62 to A6110

–      A255, Margate to Ramsgate

–      A285/A27, Chichester to Petworth

–      A675, Junction 3 M65 to Bolton

With the extreme bad weather the UK has experienced recently, if you’re planned journeys on the run up to the festive period involve any of the above, keep you wits about you. You can read how to prepare for driving in winter here.

 

BLUE LIGHT AS GOOD AS COFFEE FOR TIREDNESS BEHIND THE WHEEL

Blue lighting in your car could help reduce sleep-related accidents, according to a new research study by the Universite Bordeaux Segalen, France.

Scientists found prolonged exposure to blue light was as effective as coffee in increasing driver alertness.

Some car manufacturers have been using blue instrument lighting in their vehicles for a while now, but this is the first scientific evidence that the unusual coloured glow could hold benefits over more conventional red or green illumination.

Data published by the journal PLoS One highlights that tiredness causes one third of all motorway fatalities, but it is thought the latest findings could signal the start of development of electronic anti-tiredness technology in cars.

Blue light is known to stimulate retinal nerve cells, which are linked to nerve centres in the brain that control alertness.

Researchers analysed 48 male volunteers over 400km of nighttime driving, exposed to either continuous blue light or given two cups of coffee.

The results showed ‘normal’ tired drivers wandered over lane markings 26 times on average, while those driving with blue light present and those driving after a couple of cups of coffee only strayed outside their lanes an average of 15 and 13 times respectively, proving the light to be almost as effective as a caffeine stimulus in reducing drowsiness.

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