Motorways : summary

Road Safety Observatory
Road Safety Observatory
Publication date:
11 December 2017


This document highlights and summarises the safety aspects of motorways as a sub-category of roads, primarily in the UK. Motorways are statistically the safest road types; however, there are a number of key sub-topics relating to motorway safety which are currently subject to global debate. The document provides an overview of these broad sub-topics:

  • Speed on motorways
  • Motorway lighting
  • Motorway tunnels
  • Driver fatigue/sleepiness on motorways
  • Inexperienced drivers on motorways
  • Managed motorways
  • Hard shoulder running