Here’s What You Need To Know About Accident Hotspots
An accident hotspot is a particular area where road traffic accidents are more likely to happen due to a number of reasons that we will look into within this article. We will look at why a particular location becomes an accident hotspot, what drivers should be aware of and how to adjust their driving to avoid being involved in a road traffic accident.
Why does a particular location become an accident hotspot?
- Lane markings on roads fade; especially bike lanes and arrows
- Lack of adequate street lighting
- No controlled or zebra pedestrian crossings in areas with a high volume of pedestrians e.g. near schools, shopping centres or pubs and clubs
- Uncontrolled major roundabouts and unmarked crossroads
- Poor visibility due to the road layout or parked cars restricting a drivers view
What should drivers be aware of, and how should they adjust their driving?
- Be aware of pedestrians and cyclists, not just cars
- Pull out slowly onto a major roads and keep checking left and right
- Reduce the vehicles speed generally
- Don’t chance amber lights!
- Use headlights as soon as darkness affects visibility
- Don’t count on others to drive responsibly
- Be aware of speed limits and road signs
- Reduce your distance from the car in front to allow for more braking time
What measures could the Highways Agency take to improve such areas?
- Maintain road markings and signs if they become damaged or less visible to drivers
- Put up accident hotspot signs, make drivers more aware of potential hazards
- Build more controlled pedestrian crossings
- Create more bike lanes to make cycling safer
- Implement traffic calming measures in order to reduce road users speed