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, … [Read more...] about Is the M5 the UK’s most dangerous motorway?
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 … [Read more...] about Japanese businessman dies in another cross-over incident
This week’s competition is to estimate the REAL cost of a motorway accident like the one shown below. Not a significant accident that would make it on to News At Ten you understand. Just a bog-standard everyday kind of motorway smash that we have … [Read more...] about Is this picture worth a million pounds (or three million?)
One death on the rail network and there is a full enquiry with massive coverage across all the media. But seven deaths on a UK motorway? - yawn, not even worth a mention in a National newspaper. Why is that? How the heck did we ever get to the … [Read more...] about Why cutting corners costs you more in the long run
Much of the current road technology in the UK is based around specified safety requirements from the 1960s. That was fine when we were all driving around in Morris Minors and Triumph Heralds but it is clearly not suitable for modern vehicles that … [Read more...] about Why doesn’t steel barrier have an MOT every year?
UK roads are the most congested in Europe with no less than four of our cities appearing in the top 13 busiest urban areas. Based on a survey by Tom Tom which monitored speeds across European towns and cities,we are sad to report that London … [Read more...] about UK roads are the worst in Europe.
A young man died on the A329M near Reading when his vehicle crossed the carriageway and hit a Ford Transit van traveling in the opposite direction. The response from the general public was immediate. “Why has the Council not installed concrete … [Read more...] about Failure to install concrete barrier costs another life
There you are, driving along, minding your own business and your mobile phone does that little “buzzy-jiggy-thing” and emits some random mind-numbing chime that drives everyone but the phone-owner nuts. Yes, another absolutely essential, … [Read more...] about “TEXT-DRIVING” is the new “DRINK DRIVING”
Here’s a good Trivial Pursuits question. “If, before you set out on your journey, you knew that there was a chance you would have to either sleep in your car or abandon your car and walk home, what would you take with you?” Score yourself one point … [Read more...] about No grit – but drivers are as much to blame
Other countries, more used to heavy snow falls and ice, do not expect their roads to be constantly gritted or snow-free during the winter. Instead the emphasis is on “driver preparation” and a (legally required) spare set of winter tyres. But did … [Read more...] about Winter tyres are the answer.