The North Coast 500 in Scotland has been crowned the UK’s number one road trip destination, research has revealed.
The survey of 2,000 motorists found almost half (47 percent) of Brits are planning to take a road trip in the UK now restrictions have been fully lifted, with three quarters (74 percent) of these aspiring to head to the country's picturesque coastline.
Although the North Coast 500 was the runaway leader for staycation road trips, travelling across the Atlantic to the USA is the dream location for those wanting an adventure behind the wheel.
The iconic Route 66 and the Pacific Coast Highway emerged as the most coveted road trip hotspots stateside.
One in four Brits planning on taking a road trip are eager to take the ‘road less travelled’, while 45 percent claim great company is what makes a road trip memorable.
Many Brits are even weighing up making the typically ‘gas guzzling’ excursions more sustainable, as over one in three would consider taking a road trip in an electric vehicle.
Continental Tyres, who commissioned the research, is sponsoring the new motorsport series Extreme-E, which is bringing off-road electric racing to some of the most remote corners of the planet to highlight the climate change challenges faced by different ecosystems.
Peter Robb from Continental Tyres, said: “It is fantastic that so many are planning on exploring the country in their vehicles.
“The restrictions over the past 18 months have prevented many people from getting away and with the summer holidays just starting, it is great that so many people are keen to get behind the wheel again and create incredible memories on a road trip.
“It is really interesting that more than a third of people would consider hitting the road in an electric vehicle. It is a clear indication that many of us are seriously considering how we can take the activities we know and love and making them more sustainable.
“That’s one of the main reasons why we are supporting Extreme-E, it’s the perfect example of what can be achieved without leaving an impact on the planet.”
The study from Continental Tyres, carried out by OnePoll, revealed just how the nations’ road trip lovers prepare for their outing – and with cars likely to have been stationary or not used for many months, this is particularly important.
More than three quarters check their tyres are in a roadworthy condition, ensuring they have the correct level of tyre tread, the optimum air pressure for the vehicle and load, and that that tyre sidewalls aren’t damaged.
Meanwhile, 74 and 75 percent respectively ensure they are topped up with oil and windscreen washer fluid.
When on the road, 68 percent say they’re comfortable checking their tyre pressure, and almost four in ten believe they could change their tyre if necessary.
Peter Robb, from Continental, which commissioned the research to highlight its ContiSeal tyres, continued: “It’s vital motorists check their tyres every two to four weeks and before long journeys – but it is also important to check you have a spare wheel or a space saver in the boot and that the tyre in a roadworthy condition as well.
“If you haven’t got a spare, then make sure you have a sealant kit and that it is still in date. It’s worth having a read about how it works before you set off to ensure you’re prepared in the event you need to use it.
“Many motorists these days are opting for self-sealing tyres, like Continental’s ContiSeal, which will seal a puncture in tread area up to 5mm in diameter, allowing them to continue safely with their journey.
“With tyres being the only contact with the road when driving, checking tyres should be at the top of everyone’s checklist.”
Top five UK road trip destinations
North Coast 500, Scotland
The Outer Hebrides, Scotland
North Yorkshire Moors, England
The Atlantic Highway, England
Coastal Circuit, Northern Ireland
Top worldwide road trip destinations
Route 66, USA
Pacific Coast Highway, USA
Great Ocean Road, Australia
West Coast and Milford Sound, New Zealand