After buying a home, a car is the second most expensive purchase most people will ever make – so a good test drive is crucial to make sure that the car is right for you.
Ideally, your journey should include a variety of roads, so you can ensure you’re just as comfortable driving the car through built-up areas as you are traversing country lanes and going down the motorway.
But sometimes you just want a scenic route where you can test your driving ability and enjoy the view, and 250,000 miles of roads, Great Britain offers something for everyone.
Top roads for test drives in England
Snake Pass (A57): This serpentine road crosses the Peak District between Sheffield and Manchester and climbs to almost 1,700 feet, offering beautiful views of the Pennines and a panoramic view of Manchester on clear days. With its climbs, descents and tight turns, it’s a road every car enthusiast should drive.
Newquay to Padstow coast road (B3276): The scenic route along the north Cornish coast offers narrow roads with hairpin bends and drivers-eye views of Watergate Bay, Mawgan Porth beach, the Bedruthan Steps rock formations and Trevose lighthouse.
Top roads for test drives in Wales
The Black Mountain Pass: This demanding road through the Brecon Beacons is as famous for its turns and drops as it is for the amazing landscape and has appeared on Top Gear several times. Start north and drive south for the best experience.
The Evo Triangle (A5/A543/B4501): This trio of roads is named after EVO Magazine, which often test drives cars here. The 20-mile journey through North Wales’ rolling Denbigh Moors offers a varied route with straights, corners and turns to put your car through its paces.
Top roads for test drives in Scotland
Bealach na Bà (Pass of the Cattle): This part of the North Coast 500 route crosses the Applecross Peninsula and holds the Guinness World Record for the greatest ascent of any road in the UK – from sea level to 2,053 feet in under six miles! It’s technically challenging but those who dare are rewarded with an amazing drive.
Starting point of John o’Groats to Land’s End (A836): This 122-mile road through the Scottish Highlands is the start of Great Britain’s most famous journey and varies from two lanes of wide, well-surfaced road to tight single-track sections. It passes through barren but beautiful countryside, including a Loch or two.
Top roads for test drives in Northern Ireland
Causeway Coastal Route: It’s often described as one of the greatest road trips on earth thanks to its coast-hugging curves and the view from the windscreen as you drive along the coastline from Belfast to Londonderry. Interesting pit stops include the Gobbins Cliff Path, the Dark Hedges (which you might recognise from Game of Thrones) and Giant’s Causeway.
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