Britain’s roads are the busiest and most congested in Europe, according to new research published by the World Bank.
The report states that there is an average of 77 vehicles per kilometre of road in Britain, a figure that is a whopping 76 per cent higher than the European average.
By comparison, Norway enjoys the continent’s quietest roads, with just 29 vehicles per kilometre.
However, despite the UK’s transport network groaning under the strain of the volume of traffic, we enjoy some of safest roads in the world, with the second lowest fatality rate in the EU (28 killed per million of population in 2012) after the tiny island of Malta.
Conversely, the United States has one of the highest road fatality rates of any developed nation. With 33,760 people killed on the roads there in 2012, the rate of deaths is three times as high as that of the UK.
A total of 1.24 million people are killed in road accidents each year worldwide, though despite an increase in the numbers of cars competing for road space, the number of deaths in the UK is actually falling. The current average is around five deaths a day, while the number of serious injuries occurring as a result of traffic accidents is also in decline.
Statistically, most road accidents happen in built-up areas, with a speed limit of 40mph or less, between the hours of 4am and 6pm.