Ben Collins aka Top Gear's The Stig gives the lowdown on road safety
Back in the 1960s, a Formula One driver had a two-in-three chance of being killed during a five-year period. That was how poor the safety standards were.
Drivers navigated tricky bends at high speeds, with little or no run-off beside the track. If you came off, you could find yourself wrapped around a telegraph pole or stopping dead into a tree.
The extensive use of smart barriers and run-off areas marked a new era of safety for F1, where they continue to fine-tune and invest in driver safety. But shockingly, the average road user is still exposed to the very same hazards that were identified as unacceptable all those years ago in Formula One.
Sadly, it takes a toll: In 2016, 635 people were killed or seriously injured by colliding with trees, and 155 by hitting road signs.
Every driver has been caught out by a risky road, whether it resulted in a collision or just a moment of terror. Narrow roads with no run-off, hazardous roadside infrastructure, surprise bends with no warning, poor lining and reflective markers for following roads at night.
Dangerous junctions, slippery surfaces, lack of provision for cyclists and pedestrians – all of these and many other factors besides affect road safety. Human error is inevitable but the consequences need not be catastrophic if the road has been well designed to work with drivers.
A new road crash index created by the Road Safety Foundation and insurance company Ageas has pulled together data so you are able to see which are the risky roads in your area. By identifying the riskiest roads in Britain we can help the Government to invest in the areas that need it most.
All you need to do is visit roadcrashindex.org, find out your riskiest roads and then contact your MP about them.
Every £1 invested on improving the road network ends up saving £3 by preventing serious and fatal crashes.
Some money has already been allocated – now we need to point it in the right direction.