Car insurance Articles Driven to distraction: 15 fascinating facts about driving in the UK Driven to distraction: 15 fascinating facts about driving in the UK Save money on your car insurance Start a quote Ever get bored behind the wheel? Here’s a few facts and figures to ponder as you go... 1. The UK driving test only has a 50.2% pass rate. (Source.) 2. The total road length in Great Britain was estimated to be 245,400 miles in 2012. (Source.) If you could lay all those roads out in a straight line into space, you’d go past the Moon, which is a mere 238,855 miles from Earth. 3. There are around 35,760,901 vehicles currently on UK roads, which is roughly one car for every two people. (Source.) 4. Putting all these cars, buses, vans, trucks and coaches through an MOT could cost as least £1,961,485,419.85 (Source.) 5. Our favourite car colour is silver. There were 7,996,383 silver cars on the roads in 2012. (Source.) 6. But the highest concentration of pink cars is in Ipswich. (Source.) 7. The average used car value is £8,540, according to the website usedcarexpert.co.uk, so the average value of all the cars on UK roads could be around £305,398,094,540 8. As of the end of July, we bought 1,325,851 new cars this year. (Source: SMMT.) 9. If we take the best-selling Ford Fiesta for a back-of-a-fag-packet calculation, this means we’ve collectively spent around £132,578,470,745 on new cars. 10. Even if all those sales were of the UK’s cheapest car, the Dacia Sandero (£5,995), it would still total a massive £7,948,476,745. 11. Almost one in six UK motorists has been caught speeding in the last five years. (Source:LV=.) 12. A third of us (31%) would be happy with more toll roads if it meant cheaper car tax. (Source.) 13. 92% of us consider ourselves good drivers. (Source.) 14. But 65% of us admit to breaking the 70mph speed limit. (Source.) 15. The number of petrol stations in the UK is at a 50-year low. There are now around 8,600 stations, down from around 37,000 in 1970. Did you enjoy that? Why not share this article Share this article on Facebook Share this article on Twitter Share this article on Google Share this article on LinkedIn Motoring news & views Everything you need to run a car Read our motoring hub Popular stories Road tax: all you need to know Everything you need to know about the Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) Do you know the rules on your car lights? How to get your car ready for winter How to plan the perfect self-driving holiday The government introduced fresh rules for MOT tests in 2018, so what are the new requirements? Make your money go further Get to grips with your household bills Browse our library of articles SAVE MONEY NOW Other guides you might like Money saving tips Find out how to keep the cost of your car insurance cover down Car insurance guide MoneySuperMarket's definitive car insurance guide How does Black Box Insurance work? Better understand telematics car insurance policies Car insurance guides Road tax: all you need to know Everything you need to know about the Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) Do you know the rules on your car lights? How to get your car ready for winter How to plan the perfect self-driving holiday The government introduced fresh rules for MOT tests in 2018, so what are the new requirements?