The A39 Atlantic Highway has come second in a poll of the best driving roads in the United Kingdom.

Delivery drivers for online electrical retailers AO were surveyed by the company to identify what they thought was the best driving routes among the over 100,000 miles covered by the company each day.

While the A39 was beaten to the top spot in the survey by the A9 between Perth and Inverness in Scotland, it came out above the A55 North Wales Expressway.

Also featuring in the top five was the A38 Devon Expressway, which came fourth in the top five.

When asked what criteria makes a road the best to drive, the drivers preferred roads that were long and clear, often with stunning scenery.  

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the roads of Cornwall were nowhere near as unpopular as the worst routes named, which were the often congestion filled roads of the M6 between Manchester and Birmingham and the M25 around Greater London.

It wasn’t just with AO delivery drivers where the A39 was seen as popular, though. In a recent survey of 2,000 members of the public, the Atlantic Highway came third once again with 11 per cent of the vote, behind the A591 (18%) and the North Yorkshire Moors (13 per cent).

The data also revealed that most of those surveyed chose what they thought was the best driving road by how picturesque the scenery was, followed by ones which were fun to drive.

David Ashwell, Managing Director of AO Logistics, said: “It’s no surprise that over a third of the people surveyed expressed an interest in driving for a living.

“The UK has some stunning driving routes - our drivers are out on these roads every day, so they know them better than most. Travelling all over the country is certainly a perk of the job!”