Roadworker’s Safety Research – Phase Two

  • Published: Highways Agency, 2006
  • Authors: Highways Agency
  • Date Added: 04 Feb 2013
  • Last Update: 20 Mar 2013
  • Format: pdf

Objectives: To inform the Highways Agency strategy towards improving road workers’ safety, specifically by identifying higher risk drivers’ perceptions of roadworks and road workers.

Methodology: Qualitative research through questionnaires to two selected groups:

Higher risk drivers (those who have been banned from driving or taken a driver improvement / speed awareness course in order to avoid a ban), 617 responses analysed; and,Improvement professionals (those who train or rehabilitate driving offenders), 31 responses analysed.

Initial interviews with a small number from each group were carried out in order to inform questionnaire design.

Key findings:

  • Different initiatives to improve safety will meet with differing successes depending on driver age and behaviour.

  • “In general, a combination of education, information and enforcement initiatives would appear to be likely to have the most effect.

  • The use of VMS (factual and to the point), variable speed limits, and displaying the speed of vehicles when entering roadworks, are expected to be successful for most driving behaviours.

  • Motorway driving tests and educating drivers about the importance of driving safely at roadworks are also expected to be successful for most driving behaviours and particularly for hesitant drivers.”

  • Improvement professionals believed enforcement initiatives would be successful, in particular average speed checks and a police presence.


Attitudes, high risk drivers, improvement professionals


Qualitative only, but this study outlines some underlying beliefs and behaviours which are linked to safety of driver behaviour at road works.