Some of the most dangerous roads in the UK

We all know that safety on the roads is paramount, whether you’re a driver, cyclist or pedestrian. However, there are some roads where staying safe is even more important. Here are some of the most dangerous UK roads:


As you would expect with the beautifully scenic Lake District, there are some winding roads with particularly sharp bends. The A592, also called the Kirkstone Pass is one such road. The road is located at the highest point, some 1489 feet and the sweeping views can be a distraction. This is one road, you’ll want to stay focused on when driving.

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What was once the main road between Sheffield and Manchester, Snake Pass lives up to its name. It winds its way through the Pennines and is one of the UK’s roads that sees the most accidents. It is also prone to snow and ice, so you really wouldn’t want to pass during the winter.

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As one of the steepest roads in the UK, motorists struggle with the 13% incline even in the most powerful of vehicles here on the North Yorkshire Moors. Thankfully, it is not a heavily used road but those that do need to use it can expect sudden drops, impressive heights and of course, one of the steepest inclines to challenge.

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The A1 is one of the UKs longest routes, traversing between London and Edinburgh. Where it travels through the Rutland area of the East Midlands is where it becomes notoriously dangerous. With an unusually high number of road fatalities, it experiences heavy traffic and a high percentage of lorries. With 5 deaths per 10,000 motorists, this is one road you might prefer to avoid altogether! Staying safe means recognising emergency response vehicles in good time. This is what Chapter 8 Chevrons are for. Find out more at


This Somerset road enjoys some impressive sights, including Stonehenge and Cheddar Gorge. If you cope with the distractions and beautiful rural scenery, you’ll also need to deal with tree-lined tunnels affecting visibility and light, bends and turns, unexpected drops and soft verges. This is one road that requires focus and attention.


Known as the Cat & Fiddle road, this route traverses the Peak District between Derbyshire and Cheshire. Steep falls can be found either side of the carriageways, often flanked by dry stone walls and sharp bends also await you. Of the fatal and serious traffic accidents, two thirds of them involve motorcyclists.

Jack Henry

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