The European subsidiary of satellite navigation-maker Garmin has put together a research paper that suggests southern-Australia’s Great Ocean Road is one of the “best drives” in the world whereas Britain has lost its favourite places to drive due to over-population and confusing road signs.
An online survey of 2,010 British residents compiled by research company YouGov PLC and Garmin between 13 and 15 August this year showed almost half of all respondents couldn’t name a great place to drive in Britain, the report claiming “UK roads drive motorists to despair”.
“Driving in America conjures images of Route 66 and Route 1 and in Australia it’s the Great Ocean Road. 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,” said Garmin spokesperson, Claire Carter.
Research respondents blamed endless traffic jams (84 per cent), accidents (35 per cent), boring scenery (26 per cent) and confusing road signs (20 per cent) for the problem.
London was voted the worst city for driving with confusing road signs, one way systems and constant road works.
Top Five Most Memorable Drives were:
1) Going on a holiday
2) Taking your baby home from the hospital for the first time
3) Going to your wedding
4) Going on a road trip with friends
5) Going on a romantic drive/date