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Van drivers name Snake Pass as one of the roads they most want to avoid

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Snake Pass, in the Derbyshire area of the Peak District, is named as one of the UK roads van drivers most want to avoid in a survey by Leasevan.co.uk.

Other roads named were well known trouble spots such as A285 in Sussex and the A4 in London.

The information highlighted other roads known for congestion, tight turns and poor conditions.

A spokesman for Leasevan.co.uk, said: “Tradesmen don’t have a lot of time to spare when they’re on the road, but it seems there are some routes they really do dislike having to travel.

“Sometimes it makes sense to avoid a road if there’s an alternative route that has less traffic or fewer hazards.

“At the same time, speed is a common factor in road accidents, so driving carefully and not too fast mitigates a lot of the dangers.”

The 10 UK roads van drivers avoid (in no particular order)

  1. Snake Pass, Derbyshire. This is known as an accident blackspot, often closes in winter because of snow and is susceptible to subsidence.
  2. A285, West Sussex. This has been identified in the past as the UK’s most dangerous road. Stretching 12 miles from Chichester to Petworth, it has sharp corners, junctions between them and is not level.
  3. A82, Scotland. Connecting Glasgow and Inverness via Fort William, this road is disliked for its hairpin bends and bad surface condition.
  4. A52, Lincolnshire. This stretch of the A52 is a single carriageway, making it a nightmare for congestion.
  5. M60, Manchester. With heavy traffic and closely spaced junctions, it’s not surprising that motorists prefer to stay off this motorway.
  6. Horseshoe Pass, Wales. With its continual curve around the sides of a valley in Denbighshire, and steep drop to the side, not even stunning mountain views will get some van drivers on this road.
  7. A4, London. Drivers avoid this road when they can, but clearly not enough of them can – since it’s known for its terrible traffic.
  8. A956, Aberdeen. It’s not even eight miles long but it’s still an accident blackspot.
  9. Hog’s Back, A31, Surrey. Any road that’s known for melting in hot weather is going to be one that drivers try to stay off.
  10. M1 around Luton. Connecting London and Leeds, the M1 is often unavoidable, but the traffic around the Luton point is terrible.

Drivers also said they avoid anywhere with an ongoing smart motorway conversion.

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