Scotland’s North Coast 500 route has been named as one of the best summer driving routes in the whole of Europe.
Psychologist Dr David Holmes looked at elements of the driving experience that are important to the planning of a summer route – including the number of bends and hills, volume of traffic, type of scenery and even the weather – and combined his insight into human behaviour with the findings from TomTom’s study of 14,000 drivers from across Europe. He then developed an ‘Ultimate Summer Drive’ formula:
(((P+T) x (R+SC))/SS+AT+W) x100/21.3333
T = type of road
SS = slope and skew
AT = amount of traffic
P = stopping points
R = remoteness of road
SC = surrounding scenery
W = weather
His USD formula gives a ‘Perfect Drive’ percentage score that can be used to identify the best routes to drive on.
The Atlantic Ocean Road in Norway came out on top, with its blend of spectacular views, quality roads and perfect light conditions throughout the summer making it the Ultimate Driving Experience.The rest of the top five included Estoril Ocean Drive (Portugal), Lake Como (Italy), the Peloponnesus (Greece) and the NC 500.
Key points from the TomTom survey included:
“Holiday driving can combine the thrill of the new and novel with a sense of adventure, unlocking a sense of excitement and freedom,” Dr Holmes commented. “Planning a route using my formula before you embark on your summer adventure will help you make the most of your drive and enhance your overall holiday experience.”