As Britain’s roads become increasingly congested, accidents become more commonplace; but which roads are the most hazardous, single lane A roads or busy dual carriage ways and 3-4 lane mammoth motorways? You may be surprised to hear the answer.

You’d think that those roads with the highest volume of traffic would inevitably play host to the most accidents and fatalities but this is not the case. In actuality this couldn’t be any further from the truth; with Britain’s A roads composing the most hazardous stretches of our roadway due to their many sharp corners, poor road surfaces and concealed junctions.

Due to the increasing number of accidents occurring every year on our A roads, car insurance premiums are continually on the rise. Acerbated by the increasing compensation nation culture in Britain and rising taxes, car insurance is becoming more crippling than ever, making the use of comparison sites to get the best renewal deal more important than ever.

Motorways are of course responsible for their fair share of accidents and some stretches carry higher risks than others; especially it seems in Scotland where their sometimes remoteness, steep falls and stone walls present many hazards to the inexperienced motorist.

If we take a look at Britain’s top 10 most dangerous roads and rank them by accidents per km each year then we have the following in descending order (information sourced and adapted from Road Safety Foundation research):

Top 10 Most Dangerous Drives in Britan

Crashes on Britain’s roads currently cost the taxpayer £18bn each year and this is rising due to the ever increasing cost of healthcare and the running of emergency services. A large proportion of this could be saved by implementing a few simple measures at the worst accident black spots but action is still to be taken by the government.

Improving signage, road markings and utilizing anti-skid coatings are all proven methods when it comes to decreasing the risk at accident black spots but this has so far only been implemented in a small number of locations.

Don’t worry if any of this has shocked you or you happen to travel on one of the above roads daily, these simple measures will improve your safety; be sure to stick to signed speed limits, treat all other drivers as a potential hazard and make sure you check your mirrors twice before making a maneuver or exiting a junction.

By Chris Rowlands