Brits head to France to reignite love affair with driving

British drivers have fallen out of love with driving in Britain and are flocking to France in a bid to escape congestion, according to new research.

Data from the Institute of Advanced Drivers (IAM) suggests a third of UK motorists no longer enjoy driving – with 41% citing congestions as the main reason.

This research is backed up by the latest statistics from Brittany Ferries. The ferry operator has seen a 10% increase in the take-up of tailored drive get-aways for cars and motorbikes in 2015.

France has a similar number of cars as the UK, but it’s far larger with a road network more than twice the size, so it seems motorists are crossing the Channel to make the most of the open roads.

And they’re heading to popular tourist areas, such as Brittany and Normandy, according to Christiane Barker, general manager Brittany Ferries.

She said: “We have seen a sharp increase in demand for driving tours in the holiday regions. As a consequence we’ve added new tours for 2016.”

One of the most popular tours of 2015 was a six-night Chateaux and Paris experience, which involves a 500-mile drive through the Western Loire and Loire Valley to the Chateau de Versailles, south west of Paris.