5. Road Safety Foundation Reports Shows Safest and Most Dangerous Roads
The most recent report by the Road Safety Foundation has thrown up some remarkable statistics, not least of which is that the West Midlands, which includes areas such as Coventry and Birmingham, is the safest region to drive in the country, with the lowest average risk rating across the County.
The report aims to demonstrate that billions of pounds could be saved by accident and emergency crews if work is undertaken to ensure the safety of British roads. Amongst the more disturbing statistics in the report is that 1 in 10 of Britain’s motorways and A-roads are considered unacceptably high risk while, perhaps not so coincidentally, half of all fatal accidents occur on 10% of British roads.
The report provides in-depth details of the most improved roads in the country, as well as the most dangerous, and also goes on to prove, through consultation with various road authorities, that inexpensive engineering measures contribute massively to these improvements. This includes improvements in signs, resurfacing and the use of anti-skid treatments on the road.
While safe driving technique, learned from any good driving school, can reduce the risk of having an accident on these roads, one can never account for the actions of others while driving. These small measures have an initial outlay, but the report also outlines the benefits and savings experienced by the country’s emergency services, proving that the benefits vastly outweigh the initial costs involved
4. A Quarter of Young People Admit to Road Racing
A survey of 2,800 British youngsters, including under 17’s, carried our by FedEx and Brake, has revealed that more than half have been a passenger in a vehicle that has travelled at more than 40mph in a 30mph zone while 23% admitted to having driven, or been a passenger in, a car that has undertaken a race on a public road.
The research appears to indicate that youngsters find it difficult to speak out when placed in a position of such risk, with 58% of the passengers interviewed saying that they did not ask the driver to slow down. The report also displayed that youngsters are killed in fatal accidents more than any other age group.
The report has caused Brake to call on the Government to introduce a Graduated Drive Licencing (GDL) scheme, similar to the one in New Zealand, that will ensure that youngsters who wish to drive learn in stages over time. On top of this the charity is also calling out for compulsory education in secondary schools to highlight the dangers of speeding and other forms of high risk driving.