New data has revealed the number of accidents in different speed-limit zones. The results show more accidents on 30mph roads than all other speed limits combined.
In total, there were 79,569 accidents on 30mph roads in 2017. Second-placed were 60mph roads, with 16,723.
What’s notable, is how much ‘safer’ motorways are, in spite of perceptions. Just 8,156 accidents were recorded on motorways in 2017. Only 50mph roads, at 5,286, had less accidents recorded.
In between are 40mph roads and 20mph roads, clocking 10,615 and 9,633 accidents respectively.
Scotland is safest
So, why are there so many accidents on 30mph roads? For a start, they’re often relatively busy; the potential for dings in stop-start traffic is high.
Speaking of dings, it’s important to say what counts as an ‘accident’. If every bumper-tap and mirror-smash on a 30mph road is counted, we’re not surprised 30mph limits take the lead.
As for age groups, surprisingly, it’s 26-35 year-olds who are most accident-prone. They’re getting in 23 percent of accidents, with the traditionally crash-tastic 16-25 year-olds straggling with 20 percent. Perhaps drivers are getting too careless as they begin to mature?
As for where is the safest to drive? Scotland wins out, with just 29 accidents per 10,000 cars. London, typically, is a crash hotbed, with 101 accidents per 10,000 cars.