Are motorway services more unpopular than ever?

The vast majority of British drivers consider motorway services to be a flop, according to new data from an RAC survey.

In total, 88 per cent of motorists surveyed said that service stations on the motorway were poor value for money, with over half saying that they didn’t enjoy visiting them.

Apparently using services on a strictly needs-be basis, an overwhelming 99 per cent of the 1,281 motorists polled said that they visited them to use the toilets.

Food was the second highest reason, with 75 per cent of drivers stating that they pulled over for a bite to eat, but not very many of them appeared to be impressed.


Only 46 per cent of those who responded gave service stations an above mediocre rating, while other gripes included expensive parking and the lack of free overnight options for long-distance drivers.

The expensiveness of the services were also highlighted, though the survey showed that the average amount drivers spend at stations is only between £5 and £10.

However, the data suggests that this is due to the fact that more than two thirds of drivers said they spent as little time and money there as possible.

Pete Williams, the RAC’s head of external affairs, said: “Millions of motorists depend on motorway service areas for a well-earned rest, and it is important for their safety and that of other road users that they take regular breaks so they are not tired when behind the wheel.

“But motorists feel they are being seriously let down by what they see as overpriced products and a lack of good service to match those premium prices.”

Road rage

It’s not just motorway service stations that drivers are ticked off about either, after a recent survey revealed that as many as 76 per cent of British motorists have been the victims of road rage.

As a result, the UK has been named the number one country in the world for road rage incidents, beating other European nations like France and Germany to the title of worst for angry drivers.

It’s currently unknown exactly why the country is so full of infuriated motorists, though it has been suggested that the worst road rage incidents happen in areas with the worst congestion.

Tight city streets and blocked-up motorways not only set tempers rising, but also contribute to increases in carbon dioxide emissions and can cause reduced fuel economy.

However, with the recent data from the RAC, perhaps all the aggravation could be down to the price of a stodgy motorway sandwich…