A quantum physicist from Warwick University has developed a formula aimed at finding the best driver’s roads.
Dr Mark Hadley calculated that the roads that offered motorists the most exciting drive had a ratio of ten seconds spent on straights for every one second spent on a bend, which he claims offers drivers the best chance to utilise their car’s acceleration, braking and handling.
“There are four key phases of a drive, bends, acceleration, cruising and braking,” said Dr Hadley.
“A great driving road strikes just the right balance between the phases so you get the exhilaration of speed and acceleration, while corners test your driving capabilities and long stretches allow you to enjoy the scenery.”
The formula was applied to driving routes across the road, with the N-222 in Portugal taking the top spot for driver entertainment.
The UK’s best driver's road was identified as a 30-mile stretch of the A591 between Kendal and Keswick in the Lake District, with the B3515 from Cheddar to Ashwick coming in second place.
However, the formula, which was created on behalf of car rental firm Avis, has one fatal flaw in that it fails to take into account traffic levels – something that can spell the ruination of any great drive.
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April 22, 2015