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 … Read more Don’t Drug Drive
Well it looks like summer is over. I know, “WHAT summer?” I hear you cry! Well, whether you had the sun-roof open or not, the summer season is certainly on its way out now – and it’s hello winter. Winter spells plenty of trouble for motorists, re-introducing issues of icey roads, cracked windshields and frozen … Read more Top reasons for breakdown call outs – and how to avoid them
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 you know that in many parts of Europe, with a warmer climate than … Read more Winter tyres are the answer
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, can’t-wait-a-second-to-be-read text, probably from the Prime Minister or something like that and it sis demanding your immediate attention. What do you … Read more “TEXT-DRIVING” is the new “DRINK DRIVING”
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 appeared in fourth place, Edinburgh in fifth place and Birmingham … Read more UK roads are the worst in Europe
The latest statistics show that the quantity of concrete safety barrier being installed on UK motorway central reservations is currently set to double in 2010. Estimates show that those counties which are actively adopting concrete safety barrier will install around 100 km in 2010 compared with only 50 km in 2009. Whilst it has been … Read more Why are motorways in the north of the country safer than motorways in the south?
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 weigh twice as much as their 1960s counterparts. Compare the size and … Read more Why doesn’t steel barrier have an MOT every year?
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 point where we accept the fact … Read more Why cutting corners costs you more in the long run
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 … Read more Investment in our road infrastructure is a sure way to save both money and lives
Three recent crossover incidents on the M5, in which vehicles have smashed through the central barrier into oncoming traffic on the opposite carriageway, have left three people dead. Over the last few years, Safer Motorways has worked desperately hard to put this issue on the public agenda. Our reasoning is simple. First of all these … Read more How many more deaths on the M5 before the central barrier is upgraded?