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Motorists hate motorways in the Northwest more than any other region

Drivers in the north-west of England hate motorways more than any other region on the country due to a lack of skill in dealing with multi-lane roads, according to a new survey from the AA Driving School.

More than a fifth of drivers in the Northwest say they lack the skills needed for motorway driving, and avoid using the region’s motorways if possible.

The area contains the M60, M6 and M62, which are among the UK’s five busiest motorways.

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Across the whole country, 14 per cent of drivers say they do not possess the ability to confidently deal with motorway driving, equating to nearly five million people.

The AA’s online route planner generates six million journeys each year that have been specified to avoid motorway use.

Driving too slowly, not merging safely when joining the motorway, and not observing safe following distances are the most commonly observed problems, according to AA Driving School instructors.

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JacobE 26 November 2009

Re: Northwest's roads are UK's worst

Is it just me or does it appear driver training is lacking in this country? I took my licence abroad, and part of the process was three hours of obligatory motorway driving, including a lot of going on and off and crossing of lanes. Perhaps the people who are not confident in driving on a motorway and those not sure of what lane discipline is should go on the motorway with a driving instructor - yes even the ones with licences. There is no law saying you can't brush up or have your driving skills reassessed every now and then. Also I'd like to see a campaign to get people to use their mirrors on the motorway. Just because you happen to be doing 70 mph in the "fast lane" doesn't mean the guy behind you is happy with the rate of progress.

Zeddy 26 November 2009

Re: Northwest's roads are UK's worst

It's grim up North.

Submariner Redux 26 November 2009

Re: Northwest's roads are UK's worst

Who wrote the headline to this piece? The headline says the north-west has the worst roads but the actual text says the north-west has the worst drivers.

Not being in the north-west myself I have no opinion one way or the other on which, if either, of these propositions is correct but it is an odd thing to see.