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One-way systems are the ‘biggest worry’ for drivers

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Drivers up and down the country have revealed some of their biggest worries when faced with driving in a new city.

The research conducted by vehicle inspection specialists, HPI Check, asked UK drivers what they are most concerned about when driving around new cities. The results were then broken down by city level to see how these varied across different locations in the UK.

From the results, it appears that one-way systems are the biggest cause of stress for drivers in the UK, with 63% of people stating this as their main concern. This was followed by Bus/Taxi Lanes (39%) and road closures (37%).

Surprisingly, speed cameras came in fourth place, with only 33% of the public finding sticking to the speed limit their biggest problem. On the other hand, it appears that drivers are less worried about pot holes, with this everyday road annoyance coming out last on the list.

The results revealed that the UK public are most concerned about:

  1. One Way Systems – 63%
  2. Bus/Taxi Lanes – 39%
  3. Road Closures - 37%
  4. Speed Cameras – 33%
  5. Roundabouts – 27%
  6. Cyclists – 25%
  7. Potholes – 17%

The full findings can be found here.

Fernando Garcia, consumer marketing director at HPI Check, said: “We all know how difficult driving in the UK can be at times, especially with the recent additions of bus and taxi lanes in some of the city centres – but what’s most interesting to see, is the particular issues that different drivers face and how these appear to correlate to some of the bigger city centre concerns in those locations. A good example of this is the ring road in Leeds, which has 18 junctions.

“Not only did the research look into broader issues in the cities, but we also used Reddit to ask the UK public what roads they hate driving on the most. Reddit revealed some interesting things, and highlighted how frustrating road closures are to the public, with the users on the platform echoing this.”

Other city level highlights include:


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  • TRACY - 26/09/2017 11:29

    Totally agree with the issue of one-way systems - I don't think it's the systems themselves which are the problem, more that the road signs do not give sufficient time to allow drivers to get into the correct lane. The other contributory problem is when a sat nav advise you to drive straight on and there are 2 lanes - in some cases, the lane on the left only allows a left turn and the lane on the right only a right turn, so until you near the junction itself, you have not idea which lane you really need to choose in order to move straight on - major problem in moving, busy traffic. Would be good to have a lot more earlier directional signage in places, bearing in mind most sat navs only advise the direction when you are too close to a junction to change lanes.

  • Len Renshaw - 17/10/2017 20:12

    Is there any evidence at all that one-way systems increase road safety, or that they improve traffic flow ?

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