M1 is motorway that most annoys drivers
A third of UK car journeys are plagued by delays thanks to a soaring number of road works.
The number of repairs has risen by more than 20 per cent in the last year, with millions affected by clogged-up roads.
But despite the £6 million spent by each local council on Britain’s highways, most drivers think the quality of roads is declining.
33 per cent of all car journeys made by motorists are now affected by works, a Freedom of Information request by breakdown company LV= found.
A survey by the company also found the M1 is the motorway that most annoys drivers with its regular road works.
In fact, the M1 has one of the longest ongoing roadworks projects. An improvement scheme at Junction 10a was started in October 2013 and is still not finished.
The M1 was closely followed by the M6 and M25.
More than half of drivers who have experienced roadworks have had to change their route due to a diversion – with the average diversion being four miles long.
Some drivers have even been diverted as far as 10 miles out of their way.
Experts have warned that while roadworks are an inconvenience, they can also cause serious damage to your car.
LV= said millions of motorists have had their car damaged due to delays, typically through bumps and scrapes with other vehicles or internal damage such as worn-down brake-pads or an over-heated engine.
John O’Roarke, managing director of LV= Road Rescue, said: ‘It is extremely difficult for local authorities to maintain the quality of the country’s roads without affecting the flow of traffic.
‘Leaving the engine running for long periods of time can be harmful to a car’s components, so if motorists find themselves stuck in stationary traffic for more than a minute, they should switch off the engine so it doesn’t overheat and cause unnecessary damage to the car.’
Of those who responded to the FOI request issued by LV= Road Rescue, Argyll and Bute Council in Scotland has the highest number of outstanding road maintenance projects (837), followed by Gloucestershire County Council (734) and Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (656).