Safety First

Someone once said that if the motor car was invented today, Health and Safety would ban it.They may have a point. The problem is, the motor car has been with us for over 100 years and now we are trying to make it as safe as we possibly can.The UK motorway network has achieved incredible improvements in safety in recent years but there is still much that can be done. Improvements in the infrastructure of the motorway and better driver education are top of that list.“Safer Motorways” continues to educate, inform and lobby for better safety on both our motorways and our main A road network.
Are you a driver? I bet you are breaking the law

Are you a driver? I bet you are breaking the law

It has been announced that driving under the influence of drugs is now to be added to the list of things that a motorist can be prosecuted for. Most people welcomed the news, imagining that the sight of some “coke-head” bearing down in their rear view mirror is not in their best interests – and they are probably…

Would you fly economy if you thought safety standards had been lowered?

Would you fly economy if you thought safety standards had been lowered?

Last month was a very sad month for UK motorists with one of the worst motorway accidents in the country’s history. The multiple pile up on the M5 resulted in the death of seven. Safer Motorways have long held the M5 is one of the UK’s most dangerous motorways and we continue to lobby for improvements and safety…

Imagine if ten passenger jets fell out of the sky every day.

Imagine if ten passenger jets fell out of the sky every day.

Yesterday 3,500 people around the world were violently killed in road accidents. And the same number died the day before that ….. and the day before that. Globally, the statistics for road deaths are horrendous. In fact, someone dies in a road accident every six seconds. Yet despite this, road injury and death remains an ignored subject. Nine…

Football goals cause half a million car accidents – official

Football goals cause half a million car accidents – official

Do you listen to football matches on the radio whilst driving? If so your insurance company may well be interested. You will be amazed to hear that football goals are the cause of around half a million car crashes or near misses every year. Apparently, motorists who hear their team score a goal on the radio whilst driving…

New drivers should not be allowed to drive at night.

New drivers should not be allowed to drive at night.

Every day, four people are killed or seriously injured in accidents involving young motorists, a recent study has revealed. Whilst driving accidents in general are on the decline in the UK, it is somewhat surprising to discover that crashes involving young drivers are on the increase. Why is that? The most likely reason is simply one of inexperience…

Is the M5 the UK’s most dangerous motorway?

Is the M5 the UK’s most dangerous motorway?

Two women were killed when a lorry traveling northbound on the M5 smashed through the steel barrier on the central reserve and hit their Mercedes car traveling in the opposite direction. The incident happened near Frankley, in the west Midlands, between junctions 3 and 4 at around 11.40am on the 13th May 2011. The motorway was closed in…

Spend money wisely – and save more lives

Spend money wisely – and save more lives

We have always thought it bizarre that a soldier killed in Afghanistan gets front-page news and often the lead story on national television – but the same soldier killed on a motorway accident driving back to his barracks whilst on leave in the UK, wouldn’t make a single national newspaper. Not one. The question that must be asked…

Japanese businessman dies in another cross-over incident

Japanese businessman dies in another cross-over incident

A 32-ton lorry has crashed through the central reservation of the A4 near Chiswick earlier this week killing a Japanese businessman traveling by taxi to London. Two Japanese colleagues traveling with the victim, and the taxi driver, were also injured in the accident. It is understood that two other vehicles were also involved as the lorry, loaded with…

Investment in our road infrastructure is a sure way to save both money and lives

Investment in our road infrastructure is a sure way to save both money and lives

Experts believe that it would take an initial investment of £1.4 billion and annual ongoing costs of less than half a billion pounds to keep Britain’s planes, trains and road infrastructure operational whatever the weather conditions. If that sounds expensive, consider this. The cost to the UK economy of NOT spending this money is estimated at £1.2 billion…

Lewis says ‘Slow Down’!

Lewis says ‘Slow Down’!

It may sound as convincing as Vanessa Pheltz asking you to cut down your calorie-intake but the youngest driver in Formula One has a very palatable approach when it comes to addressing teenagers and their bad driving habits. This month, former world champion Lewis Hamilton urged young drivers to follow his example when they get behind the wheel…

Don’t Drug Drive

Don’t Drug Drive

It seems that the rules on drink driving are forever becoming more stringent as the government crack down on alcohol unit consumption and roadside breathalyser testing. Unfortunately, the problem of driving while under the influence of drugs has always taken a back seat due to its ominous subject matter…until now. An advertising campaign warning of the risks of…

Don’t Hog The Middle Lane!

Don’t Hog The Middle Lane!

We’ve all experienced it on the motorway. A classic Sunday Driver who takes their pastime of dawdling down country lanes to new heights by inflicting their selfishness and potential dangers on the fastest roads of Britain. It’s probably one of the most infuriating occurrences when a ‘middle lane hogger’ dilly dallies down the middle lane of a motorway…

Speed Cameras Bag £10,000 Every Hour

Speed Cameras Bag £10,000 Every Hour

The government has been accused of ‘milking the motorist’ after it materialised last month that speed cameras are bagging £10,000 for the Treasury every HOUR. Home Office figures show the number of fixed penalty notices handed out for speeding has increased by 100 per cent in ten years and the vast majority were given to drivers caught by…

Saving Lives Or Making Money? – You decide!

Saving Lives Or Making Money? – You decide!

The speed limit on A-roads will be reduced to 50mph in an attempt to cut the number of road deaths by a third. Drivers also face limits of 20mph on residential roads and near schools, in proposals for ten-year safety targets set by the government. This is the first time the government has set a specific target for…

And you wonder why there are accidents?

And you wonder why there are accidents?

Motorists are being driven to distraction by an incredible 71 signs in just one half-mile stretch of road in Gloucestershire. The warning signs on the A419 inform motorists of the speed limit, directions, place names and 36 “No U-turn” signs. The plethora of signs cost the Highways Agency more than £8,500 and were installed to warn visiting drivers…

Is it a bus, is it a train?

Is it a bus, is it a train?

This year will see a contemporary mode of transport emerge from the depths of melancholy Britain. Idle tracks on branch railway lines will be ripped up and replaced with concrete channels, as a result of plans to attract people out of cars by replacing trains with innovative multi-functional buses. New ‘busways’ will provide a smooth and fast service…

Motorists plunged into darkness as street lights are turned off to save energy

Motorists plunged into darkness as street lights are turned off to save energy

The Highways Agency has revealed that they are turning off the lights on some main roads and motorways to save money and reduce carbon emissions, and amazingly turning a blind eye to warnings from police and scientists that it will seriously affect safety. The Highways Agency said it will turn off lighting on stretches of motorway between 12am…

Motorists’ safety given the cold-shoulder

Motorists’ safety given the cold-shoulder

Breaking down in your car is the ultimate nightmare for any motorist. In fact breaking down on the motorway is most motorists’ idea of hell. Getting yourself to safety on the hard shoulder, parking your vehicle, and getting help is by no means an easy task. For this reason the government have come under fire by concerned motorists…

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