Love them or hate them, if you’re a driver in the UK then there’s a good chance you’ve had the pleasure (or pain) of driving on one of the many motorways that connect the towns and cities of the British Isles. For some, using them is a necessity and a daily occurrence, for others it’s a much more sporadic affair. But what do people really think about them?
Leading providers of GAP insurance created a survey to see how people use their cars and what they make use of the country’s road networks. To do this they surveyed 2000 UK drivers asking them about their motorway experiences, from which ones they use, to the reasons they like or don’t like them. Here is what they told us:
Avoiding them altogether
Nearly a fifth (17%) of drivers surveyed said they never use the motorway. Of those respondents, safety issues were the main issue preventing them from doing so, with 34% saying they avoided the motorway because they didn’t feel safe driving on it.
Those most likely to cite safety concerns are 26 to 35-year olds at 41%, followed closely by 60+ (36%) and then 17 to 25-year olds (32%). This suggests that safety concerns affect both drivers who may have a limited amount of driving experience, as well as those who may have plenty but perhaps have had a negative experience using motorways in the past. With learner drivers now being granted the ability to practice on motorways before they pass their test, we may see these numbers in the younger age brackets fall in the future.