The mysterious case of the disappearing road markings

Have you ever driven along the road, looked around and wondered where all of the white lines have gone? Well you’re probably not alone, as a recent survey found that more than half of all UK road markings are barely visible.

The survey was undertaken by the Road Safety Markings Association (RSMA) and reviewed nearly 500 miles of roads.

The survey examined a combination of major A roads, maintained by the Highways Agency, and lesser A & B roads, managed by local authorities.

On average, 50.6% of roads had barely visible markings and almost a quarter of roads were found to need emergency repairs.

The worst areas were Scotland and Wales, though roads in England did not fare much better.

Road safety

These findings have obvious implications for road safety. The survey looked at the ten most dangerous roads as identified by the Road Safety Foundation, and found a direct relationship between these dangerous roads and poor road markings.

RSMA national director George Lee, said, “road markings are widely recognised to provide the best, most simple navigation aid to drivers, and to be the most cost-effective road safety measure and it is time we gave drivers the vital clues they need to use our roads”.

Get involved

If you’re interested in getting involved in road safety campaigning, visit the campaigns page on the Brake website.

You can also get some useful road safety information as part of the Think! campaign.

Originally posted on 13/03/2012.

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