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Better roads and cheaper fuel attract British motorists to Europe

Monday 15 August 2016, By AutoVolo

Better roads and cheaper fuel attract British motorists to Europe

Better roads and cheaper fuel attract British motorists to Europe

Road trips in Europe are becoming increasingly popular with British motorists, who are attracted by better quality roads and lower fuel prices, a recent survey has revealed.

In a survey of 1,164 people conducted by the RAC, 17 per cent were found to head to the continent simply because of the good-quality roads.

On top of this, 80 per cent found that European roads had fewer potholes than found in the UK, which 74 per cent said that congestion isn’t as bad.

Fuel prices in Europe also attracted British drivers, with 65 per cent of those people asked admitting that they felt a litre of fuel was cheaper than in the UK – although 30 per cent said that they felt it made no difference.

The UK Government imposes the fourth highest petrol duty in the EU, and charges more duty on diesel than any other country in Europe. Fuel duty for petrol and diesel currently stands at 57.95p, with this accounting for more than £26 billion generated for the Treasury in 2015.

Simon Williams, RAC European breakdown spokesman, said: “Europe is clearly a big hit with British motorists as the quality and traffic-free nature of its roads make for a marked contrast with our own.

“The cheaper price of fuel is also very welcome, and even though we are currently enjoying an extended period of lower prices, the level of tax we pay to the Government always limits how far pump prices can fall when the cost of oil is low. In Europe where fuel duty rates are lower the price of petrol and diesel is noticeably cheaper.”