Millions found avoiding motorway driving

Millions of drivers are avoiding using Britain’s motorways – according to research by the RAC.

22 per cent of the UK’s 38 million drivers are not using the motorways as they are too scared to join them.

Despite this evidence, there’s really very little to fear about the UK’s motorways.

Despite carrying an incredible 21 per cent of British road traffic, motorway accidents account for only 5.4 per cent of all incidents on the road.

Simon Lewis, of the RAC, told Motoring Research: “Despite motorways statistically being some of our safest roads, many people still seem to rely on partners, friends and family when they need to use one.

“The message to them has to be: with the right driving instruction and advice, plenty of care and practice, confidence in motorway driving can easily grow.”

With 2,300 miles of motorway in Britain, 21 per cent of all traffic in the UK is carried on British motorways. From the year to September 2015, 65.4 million miles were driven on British motorways. This figure reflects an all-time high, up two per cent on the previous year.

Taking into account the amount of miles covered on British motorways, the safety statistics are impressive. Of the 1,775 fatalities that took place on British roads in 2014, only 96 occurred on a section of motorway.

Jack Evans


After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.

February 1, 2016

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