Bristol ranked as the third worst city in the UK to drive in
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A new study exploring the driving conditions across the country’s 25 largest cities has found that Bristol is one of the worst in the UK.
Northgate Vehicle Hire conducted the study, called The UK Driving Conditions Report, based on the frequency of collisions, average travel time and the number of speed cameras, bus and cycle routes.
Bristol ranks as the third hardest city to drive through in the UK, scoring a driving conditions score of just 4.4 out of ten.
The only two cities considered worse than Bristol were Sheffield and Nottingham.
The study found that Bristol has one of the highest number of yearly collisions with 40 per square mile.
It also takes 21 minutes on average to travel 10km in Bristol, which has one of the highest levels of congestion.
All results were standardised according to the square mile radius (mi2) of each city, to ensure that the outcomes accurately mirror the specific driving conditions and dynamics of each location.
Nottingham stands as the UK city with the worst driving conditions, scoring just 3.2 on the index. With a staggering 58 collisions per 10 mi2 each year, the highest across the board, it is arguably the most dangerous place in the UK to drive through according to the survey.
Alongside this, Nottingham has the highest frequency of bus routes (80 per 10 mi2) and cycle routes (123 per 10 mi2) which, combined with an average travel time of 20 per 10 km, also make this city one of the most congested.
At the other end of the scale, Stoke-on-Trent takes the lead as the UK city with the best driving conditions, achieving the highest possible score of ten on the index.
Swansea and and Sunderland follow amongst the UK cities with the best driving conditions respectively scoring 9.3 and 9.1 out of ten. London ranks as the eighth-best city in the UK to drive through with a score of 6.9 out of 10.