Immortalised in countless books and films, the road trip is one of life’s greatest pleasures for drivers, but could it be at risk of dying out?
According to new figures released by car insurance provider Swiftcover, the road trip is in major decline, with almost half of drivers aged between 18 and 35 never having been on a road trip in the UK.
Swiftcover surveyed a total of 2,000 drivers within that age group, with the results showing that younger drivers are more likely to have been to Africa than taken a trip to Scotland by car.
Drivers more likely to have been to Africa than to Scotland by car
Out of those who said they have taken a road trip within the country, Devon was the county visited the most, with 41 per cent of those surveyed saying that they’ve taken a trip there.
Dorset and Cheshire came in at second and third place with 31 per cent and 30 per cent respectively, while 28 per cent of drivers said that they’d taken a trip to Essex at some stage.
However, other areas of the country have been virtually ignored altogether, with only 2.5 per cent making the effort to travel to Orkney and only one per cent of drivers having been to Wigtownshire.
Roman Bryl, brand and propositions manager at Swiftcover, said: “We were surprised to find that beautiful counties such as Argyllshire have been visited by just 8 per cent of the people we surveyed, yet a whopping 27 per cent have travelled all the way to Africa.”
“We’re making it our mission to encourage people to keep the tradition of the Great British road trip alive,” he added, “And with the Bank Holiday approaching it’s the perfect time for people to get out on the road and explore the wonderful counties in the UK – all 92 of them!”
Despite the claimed decline in road trips, motorists are still being urged to take precautions to avoid traffic jams over the bank holiday weekend and school half-term break coming up this weekend.
The RAC has forecasted that around 20 million drivers, about 70 per cent of the country’s motorists, will take to the roads over the weekend, with four million due to drive on Monday alone.
Bank holiday could still cause traffic chaos
Although Highways England has said that it will remove more than 400 miles worth of roadworks before the weekend rush, the threat of a national rail strike is expected to put more pressure on roads.
RAC spokesman Simon Williams said: “As always, the advice is to plan ahead and not be too surprised if you encounter some queues if you’re driving any serious distance this coming bank holiday.”
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