Roads’ diet should contain less kerbs

Improving awareness and alertness among drivers could be a matter of removing kerbs from roads according to new research.

Boffins at Newcastle University made a study and found that 31 per cent of drivers become easily bored at the wheel and are therefore likely to take more risks in search of stimulation.

The study found that building more obstacles into the road system, such as taking away kerbs, would improve driver concentration, as their cars would be more at risk.

Researcher Joan Harvey said: ‘Contrary to what you might expect when driving, hazards can actually increase our attention to the road so this may well be the way forward for planners.

‘In towns we may need to start considering some radical schemes such as removing kerbs so there are more hazards - like pedestrians - around your car. Our research suggests that this might actually improve people's driving.’

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