Britain's most deadly regions to drive

Powys tops the list of the 20 most deadly places in Britain to drive, analysis of five years' worth of government road accident figures has revealed. 

When accounting for population, Powys - a large chunk of central Wales - had the most fatalities on its roads during 2013 and 2018, with an average of eight losses of life annually per 100,000 people in the region, data from the Department for Transport shows.

Drivers are most at risk outside of cities on country roads, with more remote regions dominating the standings, statistics indicate.

Of the 1,784 road deaths recorded in 2018, almost three in five (58 per cent) occurred on rural roads (1,030), DfT stats show.

Just over a third of fatalities (646) occurred on urban roads while the remaining 6 per cent (107) were the result of crashes on motorways.

This new data, exclusively revealed to This is Money by Crown Oils, supports these statistics, with the majority of the top 20 most lethal areas in the last five years being more rural parts of the country with lots of country roads rather than large cities.

With Powys recording an average of eight road deaths per 100,000 people each year topping the charts as the riskiest region, it was East Riding and Yorkshire in the East of England and Perth and Kinross in Scotland that were next in line.

Respectively over the last 60 months, the data shows that an average of 7.53 and 7.14 in every 100,000 people are killed on roads there each year.

You have to move further down the rankings to find major cities, including Leeds, Sheffield, Manchester and Birmingham.

Dave Webb, a project manager at the oil supplier who reviewed historical road casualty data, said: 'The figures are frightening and highlight the importance of taking care on the roads, especially as we head into winter.

'With shorter days and longer nights, drivers experience reduced visibility and poor grip from wet and icy roads.'


Numbers were also crunched in an effort to understand which roads are the most lethal for motorists.

To do so it calculated the number of fatalities on routes in the last five years in relation to how long the road is.

Using this formula, the 10-mile A61 in Barnsley becomes the most dangerous per kilometre stretch with 20 deaths between 2014 and 2018 - working out at 0.4 per 100km.

The A31 from Guildford to Winchester (31 miles) is second while the A1(M) motorway spanning 39 miles is third.