ANWB members find the highway at Kleinpolderplein a challenge. Road users say that they have to process so much information on the Kleinpolderplein on the A13 near Rotterdam on the motorway that they have to change lanes abruptly. This can lead to dangerous situations. This is evident from a qualitative survey among 143 ANWB members. Kleinpolderplein is a small stretch of motorway with very busy traffic and many exits a short distance from each other. Despite the speed limit of 80 km per hour, it is a challenge for road users to make the right decisions in a short period of time. They must pay attention to the signposts, take the correct turn and watch other traffic.
The reason for the investigation is the increased number of accidents at this location. More than 2015 accidents occurred here in the period from 2017 to 40. One third of those accidents were injuries. The ANWB has offered help to Rijkswaterstaat to gain more insight into the cause of this. This was done by showing ANWB members short film fragments and asking a number of questions. Road users who regularly use the junction are involved as well as people who do not travel this route very often. The survey was conducted in May and June of this year.
This stretch of motorway can mainly be made safer by putting fewer destinations on the signage signs and, in particular, by maintaining more distance between the signs, the respondents indicate. This gives motorists more time to process information. Better line marking can also create more clarity when choosing a lane. This can prevent the many abrupt lane changes. The ANWB notes that member surveys provide a lot of information in a short period of time. Involvement of members is high and people are very willing to contribute ideas about solutions.