Some of the biggest pressures facing today’s fleet operators include keeping drivers safe, ensuring that customer deliveries arrive on time, and minimising vehicle downtime. However, the increasing congestion on Britain’s roads has led to a rise in accidents, which ultimately have an impact on operations thanks to costly delays.
At the forefront of telematics technology for more than 25 years, Teletrac Navman has launched a map of the UK’s most dangerous roads, using fatality data gathered by the Department of Transport and the Police Service of Northern Ireland over a five-year period*. The map identifies the most high-risk highways, helping fleet operators to manage potential hazards.
Between 2012 and 2016, a total of 8,534 fatal traffic accidents were recorded across some of the busiest roads in the UK. In the same period, the A6 between Luton and Cumbria topped the list of Britain’s most deadly stretches, with 70 fatalities. The A5, connecting London to Holyhead was found to be the second most hazardous road, with 67 fatal accidents, with the A40 from London to Fishguard, close behind with 65 fatalities.
The new map also highlights the deadliest county by country; Rutland in England’s east midlands had the nation’s highest rate of fatal traffic accidents, with 5.181 per 10,000 residents, followed by Powys in Wales (4.312), Fermanagh & Omagh in Northern Ireland (4.150) and the Orkney Islands in Scotland (4.110).
Meanwhile, Scotland’s smallest county, Clackmannanshire, was the safest area and recorded no fatalities during 2012 and 2016. Cardiff, Tyne and Wear and Belfast City had the next lowest rates per 10,000 residents.
Whilst the findings provide a useful and important snapshot into the state of the UK’s road network, the ability to take action based on real-time data cannot be underestimated. Telematics enables fleet operators to analyse every route their vehicles may take before, during and after each journey, ensuring they can make effective decisions that will safeguard their drivers, their freight, and customer relationships.
Peter Millichap, UK Marketing Director at Teletrac Navman, commented: “When operating a fleet, driver safety is extremely high on the agenda. As such, knowing which stretches of road are the most dangerous can help operators reduce the risk of accidents by adjusting their routes or schedules accordingly.
“This informative map, together with today’s telematics technology, provides fleet operators with greater visibility and access to powerful fleet management tools that go a long way toward monitoring its safety and efficiency on the road.”
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