Rural Roads Literature Review

The main aim of this research is to collate information relating to road accidents on rural roads, suggest how it may be applied to Scotland and provide recommendations for action.

More specific objectives are:

  • to highlight the main contributory factors to rural road accidents (i.e. speed, road types, fatigue, driver psychology etc).
  • to suggest which factors are particularly likely to affect Scotland's rural road network.
  • to highlight the particular characteristics of people likely to be involved in rural road accidents.
  • to highlight successful interventions that have been introduced to reduce rural road accidents throughout the UK, Europe and further a field (i.e. enforcement, road engineering, public education etc).
  • to propose short term initiatives that can be taken to reduce rural road accidents.
  • to propose long term initiatives that can be taken to reduce rural road accidents.
  • to provide recommendations to relevant organisations in order to reduce rural road accidents (SRSC, the police, Road Safety Officers etc).
  • to highlight gaps in the literature and areas where further research is required.

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