The Six Most Dangerous UK Roads Motorists Should Avoid This Winter
Drivers have been told how to stay safe this winter, as icy conditions make some of the worst roads in the UK even more dangerous.
Road safety experts at Road Angel have named the six most dangerous routes across the UK that drivers should avoid this winter for fears of serious accidents and fatalities.
The wintery conditions sweeping the country are set to continue, and the rail strikes force more people onto the roads.
With motorists still needing to travel to work, school and home for Christmas in these adverse conditions, experts have named the six most dangerous routes everyone should avoid.
From Hardknott Pass in the Lake District to the Devil’s Staircase in Wales, these roads are dangerous enough as it is – with hairpin bends and steep gradients.
But in the winter weather, these routes are even more dangerous, with the risk of skidding, significantly reduced visibility and freezing temperatures.
As areas in the country receive extreme weather warnings, millions of drivers are being told to stay safe when travelling, and motoring experts have now named the routes those behind the wheel should altogether avoid.
A spokesperson for Road Angel said: “With some of the worst winter driving conditions set to continue well into 2023, you must remain extra vigilant when driving to avoid serious accidents on the road.
“Many of these roads have stunning views – like the picturesque scenes of the Scottish Highlands along Glen Quaich, but such sights can come at a cost in winter.
“Steep gradients along these roads make driving with ice on the road extremely hazardous because of the heightened risk of skidding.
“Motorists must first note that the Highway Code tells drivers to avoid driving in snow and ice unless the journey is essential, and if so, they should use a high gear and slow speed.
“But for those travelling in adverse conditions over the wintertime, you should avoid several routes across the country entirely.
“A few of these roads, like Kirkstone Pass in the Lake District, are sometimes closed to motorists in the winter because of how dangerous it is to drive along.”
Road Angel’s most dangerous driving routes this winter:
1. Kirkstone Pass, Lake District
2. Glen Quaich, Scotland
3. Hardknott Pass, Lake District
4. Petworth, West Sussex to Chichester, A285
5. Cat and Fiddle, Peak District
6. Devil’s Staircase, Wales
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