Since the start of lockdown back in late March, the UK’s roads have been quieter than usual, with road travel plummeting by 73%, to levels not seen since 1955. However, this doesn’t mean that we should allow ourselves to slip into autopilot when making essential journeys, it is still important that drivers remain vigilant and drive carefully.
Every year there are around 1,700 fatal road accidents throughout the UK and official figures from ChooseMyCar show that most accidents occur on roads with speed limits between 21 to 30mph and speed limits between 51 and 60mph attracted the second-highest amount of accidents.
The A35 in Dorset has been named as the most dangerous road in the UK, with a total of 594 collisions out of 1,837 that happened in the county last year. Nottinghamshire is revealed as the second most dangerous county, with a total of 1,771 collisions last year. The other roads named are as follows:
The most dangerous roads in the UK
- Dorset (A35, A354, A3049) – 1,837 collisions
- Nottinghamshire (Mansfield Road, A60, A1) – 1,771 collisions
- Cumbria (A595, M6, A590) – 633 collisions
- Lincolnshire (A52, A16, A15) – 625 collisions
- Cheshire (M6, M58, A49) – 434 collisions
- Avon & Somerset (A4174; M5, J19-20; M5, J20-19) – 369 collisions
- Gloucestershire (A40, A38, A417) – 367 collisions
- Staffordshire (A500, A38 Clay Mills, A38 Fradley Lane) – 357 collisions
- Warwickshire (A46, A452, A444) – 335 collisions
- Greater London (Haringey, High Road; Ealing, Western Avenue; Enfield, Great Cambridge Road) – 298 collisions
- North Wales (A548, A55, A5) – 289 collisions
- City of London (Bishopsgate, Victoria Embankment, Lower/Upper Thames Street, London Wall/Wormwood Street – 219 collisions
- Cleveland (A19, A66, A174) – 207 collisions
- Hertfordshire (M1, A1, M25, Hertsmere Borough) – 157 collisions
- Bedfordshire (A505, M1, Luton, A5141) – 150 collisions
Overall, London is home to the most accidents across the UK with a total of 25,662 throughout 2018, however, they had the lowest fatal accidents per 1 million people totaling just 12. The number of road accidents across UK regions are as follows:
Road accidents in UK regions
It’s not all gloom and doom though, as there are counties across the UK that have been named the safest based on the low amount of road accidents that have occurred.
UK's safest counties to drive in
It’s important that we stay safe on the roads, especially looking ahead for when the UK returns to normal. Many of us will have gone weeks without driving on major roads, including motorways and A-roads, so we should try and prepare ourselves to ease back into a motorist mindset.
As a driver, it is your duty to stay up to date on the rules and regulations of the road and keeping your vehicle in a good working order. Read our post on important vehicle safety checks or refresh your memory with our posts on road sign meanings and UK speed limits and fines.