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A34 why so many accidents?!?

Discussion in 'Motors' started by CSMonkeh, 31 Aug 2021.

  1. CSMonkeh

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 23 May 2009

    Posts: 1,027

    Location: Newbury, Berks

    So I live in Newbury and so very close to the A34
    Now locally we get reports whenever there are incidents because then traffic colds through town - great fun

    Now lately it gets shut daily at least in one direction because of accidents

    Any other A-road as bad?!?
     
  2. ci_newman

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 24 Feb 2004

    Posts: 9,968

    Location: Hook, Hants

    A14 is just as bad.

    Main trunk route with only two lanes and lots of hills, meaning truck / elephant races.

    [Edit] A35 too...
     
  3. dave28

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 28 Jun 2013

    Posts: 1,620

    Yes in Wales there are death roads all over the place, i have met so many people who died in car / bike crashes on A and B roads.

    It always feels like your driving into blind spots and blind corners with little time to react, and everyone rushing and tailgating non stop.
     
  4. rpmmatt

    Gangster

    Joined: 20 Feb 2010

    Posts: 268

    Slow down?
     
  5. sovietspybob

    Mobster

    Joined: 25 May 2008

    Posts: 3,214

    Location: North Wales

    The A55 up here in north Wales seems pretty terrible. It's pretty much the only way in or out and it's been especially bad this year with seemingly the whole world having a holiday up here. Plus there's sections where there isn't an alternative, you'd have to go a good 40 miles out of your way to avoid etc.

    There seems to have been almost daily accidents during the weekends, it's at the stage now we actively avoid it unless we really have to go visit family as its just such a nightmare.
     
  6. Yaayuh!

    Capodecina

    Joined: 5 Nov 2010

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    It's all those Audi's "brake checking".
     
  7. DRZ

    Soldato

    Joined: 2 Jun 2003

    Posts: 7,022

    Location: In the top 1%

    Relatively high speed, low capacity roads = accidents as traffic volume increases. The A34 in particular has a lot of HGV traffic and they cause a lot of lane changes, impatient behaviour etc etc. Couple that with the general ignorance and lack of forward planning evident from a huge number of drivers and you've got the perfect recipe for accidents.
     
  8. Terminal_Boy

    Capodecina

    Joined: 13 Apr 2013

    Posts: 10,065

    Location: La France

    Same reason for accidents on all roads: everyone is in a mad hurry to be somewhere else and has zero patience.
     
  9. dave28

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 28 Jun 2013

    Posts: 1,620

    Why are you telling me, im not the one having accedents on them.

    I was just pointing out why they are so dangerous.
     
  10. Jez

    Caporegime

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 33,075

    Also very noticeable on the A34 in terms of traffic build-up as it is extremely busy, and is only a 4 lane dual carriageway with no hard shoulders. One single breakdown or minor incident between vehicles which would barely notice on a proper motorway, and it is carnage.
     
  11. Rroff

    Man of Honour

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    Posts: 79,433

    Everywhere seems bad last 2-3 years - barely a day goes past without a major accident on the A303, A30 or M5 around the area I live let alone the entirety of those roads.
     
  12. Stu999

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    Did you meet them before or after death?
     
  13. Nasher

    Capodecina

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    They always like to blame "speeding", but poor road layouts are probably the biggest reason tbh. Especially the A14. Then everyone slaming the brakes on for speed cameras, while someone behind is watching their speedo and not the road...
     
  14. dave28

    Wise Guy

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    tasteless springs to mind
     
  15. Haggisman

    Capodecina

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    Location: Birmingham

    This coupled with:

    Arrogance - "I'm in the right so I'm going to drive into you regardless of consequences"
    and
    Distractions - "My mobile phone/kids/make up is more important than controlling this 2 ton chunk of high-speed metal"


    I did think the same thing, had to read it a couple of times to make sure I wasn't missing the word "nearly" :p
     
  16. Rroff

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    The increasingly **** road layouts don't help - so many places these days seem to have redone road layouts especially around junctions and roundabouts to min/max traffic flow but in reality the new layout is difficult to decipher quickly on approach so not fun for someone doing it for the first time and often causes chaos.

    That doesn't tend to be the main cause of the disruptive/major accidents though - that mostly seems to come down to impatience and lack of consideration. I'm always amazed there aren't more accidents given the behaviours I see on show most days - people lazily cutting corners even when there is poor visibility and/or narrowing road at the corner, etc., people tailgating or otherwise leaving other drivers very little room, people forcing their way out of junctions or just coming out without looking and expecting other people to accommodate them on fast/multi-lane roads.

    The mix of cyclists and high traffic volume doesn't help either - not really a very avoidable one unless we start building lots of cycle ways, etc. though.
     
  17. Nasher

    Capodecina

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    I've had a few close ones with people cutting corners on B roads. I rarely used to see but it's getting more common.
     
  18. Rroff

    Man of Honour

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    Seems to have gone up loads since before the first lockdown - not sure why.
     
  19. Stu999

    Wise Guy

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    I often see people cutting over the wrong side of the road when negotiating 90 degree junctions.

    See a lot more people going for a last minute lunge for motorway or A road slip roads and/or staying in lane 2/3 for as long as possible before turning off (not a reference to the ‘break check’ thread :D).
     
  20. Scania

    Caporegime

    Joined: 25 Nov 2004

    Posts: 25,087

    Location: On the road....

    To be fair, since it’s recent update the A14 I find to be a very good route these days, much better now the bottlenecks especially those at Catthorpe and Brampton are gone.

    I travelled the A14 from the M11 to the M1 yesterday evening, bank holiday Monday as well and despite the heavy traffic I don’t think I disengaged my cruise control once (sat at 70 gps)

    I was coming back from Gt Yarmouth, the dual carriageway A47 and A11 weren’t so good although the A11 is far better than it used to be.

    Ultimately, it’s not specific roads that are bad as such, more some of the muppets using them. :D