Too many mobile blackspots putting motorists at risk

30 November 2015

car crash It is frustrating when you can't get a mobile signal, but if you're stranded in the middle of nowhere with a broken down car, it is potentially very dangerous.

The RAC are not happy about these mobile blackspots that are all over the UK, and they say that it is putting motorists’ lives at risk. By their calculations, they think there's around 2,600 miles of road around Britain that don't even have a 2G signal, which is what you need for the most basic of mobile services.

That means 2% of the roads have no coverage, so if you break down there, you could be in a very stick situation indeed. The worst areas are in the Highlands, Argyll & Bute, and Powys in Wales. In England, the worst covered areas are Cumbria, North Yorkshire, and Devon.

The RAC said that some roads, including the A93 in Scotland, A149 in East Anglia, A494 in Wales and A591 in Cumbria, have no signal at all, which makes them a risk for drivers.

They also found that 14,554 miles of road has no 3G coverage, with an additional 111,679 miles of road only having partial 3G coverage. 56% of Britain's roads have no 4G coverage, and the RAC would like someone to do something about this.

"Most of us like to think we are always just a mobile phone call away from help but even in a crowded, high-tech country like Britain the reality is somewhat different. Our work shows there are thousands of miles of road along which you would not want to break down or have an accident because calling the RAC, the emergency services or even home wouldn’t be an option. Even where there is partial network coverage it might not be from your network provider," said Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation.

"And it’s not just in emergencies that we rely on our mobiles. Increasingly we drivers depend on our smart phones for everything from telling us how to get from A to B, to what the weather is going be, to where the congestion is."

"The concepts of connected cars and drivers is at the heart of much thinking about how we might make our travelling lives easier. But the best ideas in the world will fall at the first hurdle if there are no bars on the phone."

TOPICS:   Mobile   Motoring

1 comment

  • Peter T.
    I know. Just remember what it was like before mobile phones. We lived in dread of breaking down because it often meant instant death. Anyway, surely phone-signal-free roads are safer because knobends aren't constantly texting and calling whilst at the wheel.

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