Lincolnshire home to second deadliest roads in the country
Lincolnshire has the second deadliest roads in the country according to the most recent figures from the Department of Transport, with 49 people killed in the county in one year alone.
The figures have come to light again in a new Roadworthiness Report from Halfords Autocentre which explores why typical accidents and breakdowns happen across the UK.
The report also reveals 83% of people in this region are ‘unroadworthy’ after failing a test of their knowledge of basic road safety questions – however the stats also show South Holland and the Deepings’ roads are safer than other parts of the county.
Local authorities with the highest number of deaths on the roads
Kent – 60; Lincolnshire – 49; Northamptonshire – 44; Cambridgeshire, Essex, North Yorkshire - 41.
The top 10 local authorities for casualties as a result of accidents (most recent comparison):
1. Kent - 5,791; 2. Surrey - 4,612; 3. Birmingham - 3,664; 4. Lancashire - 3,658; 5. Essex - 3,582; 6. Hampshire - 3,445; 7. Hertfordshire - 3,064; 8. West Sussex - 2,534; 9. Lincolnshire - 2,577; 10. Norfolk - 2,432.
In Lincolnshire parliamentary constituencies, Gainsborough was worst out of seven, with 451 accidents whereas South Holland and The Deepingshad 325, only bettered by Lincoln (321) and Grantham and Stamford (272).
Official data within the report pinpoints where in the UK drivers are most at risk of an accident. www.halfordsautocentres.com/advice/blog/roadworthiness-report
Where are we most at risk on the roads? (Most recent regional comparison of accidents)
London – 25,699 (20%); South East – 20,845 (16%); North West – 13,842 (11%); East of England – 11,076 (9%).
The report also highlights that driver error contributes to 70% of accidents; 36% are caused by maintenance issues such as defective brakes.
Data prompts motorists to check their cars carefully. Over a two-year period, more than 40% of the breakdowns attended by Highways England were due to the following:
Vehicles running out of fuel; Poor Tyre maintenance; Power loss; Engine trouble.
The Halfords Autocentre Roadworthy Quiz was taken by more than 55,000 people in the UK. It revealed 62% of drivers don’t know the legal drink drive limit after being tested on their knowledge of the Highway code and asked basic road safety questions.
The results across the UK showed…
55% of drivers are unaware of the impact a wet surface can have on a stopping distance
29% believe eating while driving is illegal
36% haven’t looked at the Highway Code since they passed their test
99% of London drivers couldn’t pass the test
Aaron Edwards, category manager at Halfords Autocentre, said: “We wanted to highlight the issues that drivers are facing on the UK’s roads and widen their knowledge on what they can do to keep themselves safe and reduce the chance of a breakdown.
“The Roadworthiness Quiz wasn’t created to catch motorists out, rather to remind them of typical road safety rules so many of us don’t familiarise ourselves with again after passing our tests. The results support the idea that we must keep up to date with the latest motoring laws, remain aware on the roads, and maintain our vehicle’s properly. Let’s tackle this issue of not feeling safe on our roads once and for all.”
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