The UK has a rich motoring history and some of the country’s greatest contributions to world culture have been British designed and built cars. However in recent times, motoring has been the cause of much debate and discussion. Most of the discussion is negative, focussing on a number of issues that are hot topics at the moment. Issues such as the impact of car emissions on climate change, the rising price of fuel or the increase of fraudulent insurance claims can steal the enjoyment of driving, but it doesn’t have to be a guilty pleasure or a forbidden pastime.
Driving is fun. Remember when you first passed your test? Can you recall the thrill of being behind the wheel and the excitement and freedom that it allowed? It’s time to put the enjoyment back in to driving and to re-discover the pleasure of the open road; there are even websites which have been solely created for the purpose of sharing the joy of driving.
Some of the roads in Britain are simply made to be driven on. If you were being pedantic you could say that all roads were made to be driven on, but sitting in traffic on a grey slab of the M6 doesn’t quite conjure up images of wide, open spaces, and the feeling which comes when it’s just and the car. A good road should have 3 characteristics that all combine to create the perfect driving experience.
1. The road itself. The asphalt should be smooth, the topography should be gently undulating and the route should seamlessly blend long sweeping curves with sharper, more technical corners. In essence what is required is just the right combination of corners and turns to keep the road interesting and long enough straights to pick up some speed. Arrow straight roads are boring, but twisty, windy roads can be frustrating. The A470 in Wales is perfect example of this type of road.
2. The scenery. The UK has some of the world’s most beautiful scenery and what better way to experience it than in the car. You can admire the stunning vistas on offer, and stop for a picnic when the view is at its finest. Although England has great scenery, it’s Wales and Scotland that offer the wildest and un-spoiled views. The A87 running through the Scottish Highlands will take your breath away and is well worth the long journey up North.
3. Isolation. One thing that can ruin a good drive is traffic. One of the most important ways to avoid this dreaded phenomenon is to research the road before you set out on your driving adventure. There are many websites that give real time information on the traffic on any given road at any given time. It should be possible for you to research the best day and time to go. The A57 through the Peak District is one of the most famous driving roads in the country although it is very important to check before you set off as it can become very busy during the summer months.