October 19, 2007
Days of the “great British drive” are over, survey finds
London, England – A new study conducted in England has found that the thrill of the open road is a distant memory, with half of those surveyed unable to name a great place to drive. The research shows that, in order, endless traffic jams, collisions, boring scenery and confusing road signs are to blame.
“Driving in America conjures images of Route 66 and Route 1, and in Australia it’s the Great Ocean Road,” says Claire Carter of navigation system company Gamin, which commissioned the study. “In Britain, we’re more likely to think of the M25 and the M6. It’s hardly surprising that driving in Britain is regarded as more pain than pleasure.”
Due to its “endless traffic jams”, the M25 was named the worst road in Britain to drive by 31 per cent of respondents, while London was voted the worst city for driving with confusing road signs, one-way systems and constant road work. In contrast, the A591 between Keswick and Lake Windermere in the Lake District was voted the best road in Britain to go for a drive, closely followed by the A82 Glasgow to Fort William in Scotland.