The UK’s favourite driving routes revealed

M6 Cumbria favourite driving route

The M6 in Cumbria has been named as one of England’s favourite driving routes in an online poll created by Highways England.

A not entirely surprising choice given the rugged scenery and rolling hills surrounding the motorway, but the other top choices were less predictable.

The M5 in the South West might be associated with holidays in Devon and Cornwall, but as drivers are likely to discover over the forthcoming Bank Holiday weekend, congestion can often delay the family getaway.

Other favourite driving routes included the A1 in Northumberland and the M1 near Lutterworth.

Highways England has published the results ahead of the Bank Holiday when its teams will be removing more than 700 miles of roadworks.

As a result, around 97 percent of England’s motorways and major A-roads will be blissfully free of roadworks in time for the last Bank Holiday weekend before summer.

Stay on these roads

traffic delays on the M5 near Bristol

Highways England’s customer service director Melanie Clarke said: “Many people have a favourite road they love driving on – and we want everyone to reach their destinations safely.

“We’re doing everything we can to make journeys as smooth as possible for those travelling and that’s why we’re keeping around 97 percent of the road network we manage, free from roadworks.

“Safety is our top priority and we know from experience that almost half of breakdowns can easily be avoided if motorists carry out simple vehicle checks before setting off over this period.”

These simple checks include:

  • Ensuring you have enough fuel to reach your destination
  • Checking the pressures and condition of your tyres
  • Checking the engine oil before embarking on a long journey
  • Topping up your screenwash
  • Checking the headlights, indicators, reversing lights and brake lights

The motorway and major A-road network will be free of roadworks from 6am Friday 24 May until 12.01am on Tuesday 28 May.