Downsides of modern motoring polled

Lower petrol prices are the thing motorists miss most from the world of driving 20 years ago, according to a survey.

Drivers looking back two decades also particularly miss the quieter roads and fewer speed bumps, the poll from Kwik Fit found. Some 4% of the 2,000 people surveyed said there was not a single thing they liked about modern motoring. Also high on the most-missed list was easier parking, no speed cameras and no London congestion charge.

Motorists reckoned that more comfort and better car reliability were the biggest attractions of modern-day motoring. Also high on the list of the benefits of driving today were increased safety, greater fuel efficiency and electric windows. As many as 5% of those polled missed not having to wear seatbelts, while 3% longed for the days when cars had a manual choke.

Kwik Fit chief executive Ian Fraser said: “Motorists clearly have mixed feelings about conditions now compared with 20 years ago. On the one hand cars have pretty much improved in every department with even basic models offering air conditioning, electric windows and even SatNav.

“But with rising fuel prices and congestion it’s understandable that motorists are particularly sentimental about a time when petrol was much cheaper and the roads weren’t as crowded as they are now.”

These were the things that drivers reckoned were the main attractions of driving 20 years ago:

1. Lower petrol prices
2. Quieter roads
3. Fewer speed bumps
4. Cheaper parking
5. Easier parking
6. No speed cameras
7. No congestion charges/toll roads
8. Fewer road narrowing chicanes
9. Car DIY easier with no computer diagnostics
10. Fewer roundabouts

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