New UK figures reveal extent of rural road danger

Published Thu, 22/10/2015 - 08:13

New figures from the UK's Department for Transport reveal that country roads are the deadliest, with an average of 3 people dying on them every day last year. In total, 1,040 people were killed and 9,051 seriously injured on country roads in 2014, with a third (348) of fatalities occurring on a bend. 

In spite of this, almost a quarter of road users surveyed admit to braking too late on bends and two fifths (41%) claimed to have swerved to avoid something in the road. 

The problem is most acute among young drivers, with a third confessing to braking too late before a bend and more than 1 in 10 admitting to ‘taking the racing line’ by crossing into the opposite side of the road to take a turn faster. Young drivers are also the most likely age group to overtake on a bend without a clear road ahead.