The M6 toll road (pictured) has been voted Britain’s most enjoyable motorway in a poll of HGV drivers.
Despite facing criticism since it first opened in 2003, 32% of truckers said the privately owned motorway was their favourite route.
The almost-permanently congested M25 came second with 31% of the vote and the M40 was third.
Surprisingly, the survey also found that 95% believe the UK is home to the best motorways in the world.
Researchers from Roadchef asked HGV drivers all about life on the road and found that a good motorway depends on the smoothness of road surface (62%), the quality of the services and rest stops (61%) and the likelihood of less traffic (51%).
Lorry drivers also rated the best motorways depending on how polite its drivers tend to be (47%), beautiful views (45%) and, somewhat curiously, just liking the M number (38%).
Further insights gleaned from the poll included heavy metal being the preferred music of choice for HGV drivers while out on the road (58%) and Kenny Loggins’ Top Gun hit Danger Zone being the best song to listen to (36%).
The UK’s best motorways, according to HGV drivers:
1. M6 toll 32%
2. M25 31%
3. M40 30%
4. M4 28%
5. M6 28%
6. M74 28%
7. M1 27%
8. M20 25%
9. M80 25%
10. M25 25%
11. M621 25%
12. M27 24%
13. M26 24%
14. M5 22%
15. M60 22%