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Roads drive motorists to despair

The thrill of the open road is a distant memory, with almost half of all Britons failing to name a great place to drive.

New research by YouGov for sat nav provider Garmin found that endless traffic jams, accidents, boring scenery and confusing road signs are to blame.

Endless traffic jams saw the M25 crowned the worst road in Britain to drive by almost one in three people.

London was voted the worst city for driving with confusing road signs, one way systems and constant road works making the experience particularly unpleasant.

In contrast, the A591 between Keswick and Lake Windermere in the Lake District was voted the best road in Britain to go for a drive, closely followed by the A82 Glasgow to Fort William in Scotland.

More that one in five of British men regard driving to a holiday destination as their most memorable drive – more than said their own wedding day.

Sunday was voted as the best day to go for a drive by almost a quarter of those polled, apart from younger drivers between 18 and 24 years old who prefer driving late at night on a weekday.

Top ten worst roads in Britain

1) M25
2) M6
3) Spaghetti Junction in Birmingham
4) North Circular in London
5) Oxford Circus
6) M1
7) Hanger Lane Gyratory in London
8) South Circular
9) M62
10) M5

Top ten best roads in Britain

1) A591 between Keswick and Lake Windermere in the Lake District
2) A82 Glasgow to Fort William in Scotland
3) A38 from Exeter to Plymouth
4) M48 across the Severn Bridge
5) A696 from Newcastle Upon Tyne to the Scottish Borders
6) A3 overlooking the Devils Punchbowl in Surrey
7) A1 or A167 when you see the Angel of the North
8) A537 out of Macclesfield
9) A25 from Dorking to Guildford
10) Oxford Street in London

Top five most memorable drives

1) Going on a holiday
2) Taking your baby home from the hospital for the first time
3) Going to your wedding
4) Going on a road trip with friends
5) Going on a romantic drive/date

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