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43% of UK motorists prefer driving on the Continent – survey

Better roads, fewer jams and cheaper fuel were all cited as reasons.

Four in 10 UK motorists (43%) say driving is less stressful on the Continent than in their own country, a new survey suggests.

Better road conditions, fewer traffic jams and cheaper fuel were among the reasons given for people preferring to drive on the other side of the Channel.

The survey of 1,070 UK drivers commissioned by RAC Europe revealed that 69% think major roads are better maintained in mainland Europe, with 54% believing that is the case for minor roads.

It is little wonder that Brits appear to be enjoying their motoring experience abroad Rod Dennis, RAC Europe

The majority of people think major roads (63%) are less congested on the Continent, while (56%) feel minor roads suffer from fewer queues.

Some 16% say drivers across the Channel are friendlier, compared with 10% who believe those in the UK are.

RAC Europe spokesman Rod Dennis said: “Our research reveals just how keen many of us are about getting behind the wheel on continental roads which drivers tell us are quieter and better maintained with friendlier and better-behaved drivers.

“With high levels of frustration over the quality of road surfaces, the sheer volume of traffic and poor driving standards, it is little wonder that Brits appear to be enjoying their motoring experience abroad.”

A recent report by the Asphalt Industry Alliance warned that one in five local roads in England and Wales is in a poor condition.

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