Drivers ‘don’t feel safe at 60mph’ on narrower country roads

Safety campaigners are calling for the speed limits of country roads to be reviewed following a report that showed that many British drivers don’t feel safe travelling at 60mph on narrower sections of road.

The survey of 1,000 drivers, which was conducted by Direct Line and the road safety charity Brake, found that 6 out of 10 motorists wouldn’t feel safe when travelling at that speed on a rural road.

To compound the figures, only 1 in 5 asked in the report were against reducing the speed limit on single-carriage roads.

Less than 25% of those asked said they thought 60mph was a safe speed to travel on the narrower sections of road, which can be rife with potential hazards such as cyclists, horses and walkers. The charity noted that the stopping distance from 60mph on a dry stretch of tarmac 73 metres.

According to statistics from the Department for Transport, nearly half of the deaths on UK roads occur on single-carriage sections – with an average of 17 people killed or seriously injured on those roads every day.

Joshua Harris, director of campaigns for Brake, said: “Drivers have made their views clear – travelling at 60mph on rural roads doesn’t feel safe to them, and the majority would support or not object to the limit being reduced.

“Looking ahead to the publication of the government’s new road safety action plan, we urge a focus on speed reduction, both in our towns and cities but also on the country’s many winding and narrow single-carriageway rural roads that are often overlooked, but where so many of our road deaths and serious injuries occur. Simply put, slowing down vehicles save lives.”

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