Drivers may get stuck on them and some think them race circuits, but most motorists have a favourite motorway.

As many as 60 per cent of drivers listed a popular motorway, with the M1 being the top favourite, a poll for the RAC Foundation found.

The next favourite was the M4, followed by the M5, M6 and M40.

The M25 was voted the least favourite, with a third of drivers expressing their loathing for it.

The next least favourite was the M6 - the most unpopular motorway for 15 per cent, followed by the M1 and M62.

The poll, conducted by NOP Automotive, coincided with the start of National Motorway Month, a joint initiative by the RAC Foundation, Auto Express magazine, the Institute of Advanced Motorists and the BSM driving school.

According to those polled, the main factors in choosing a favourite motorway were lack of traffic and congestion, an easy route to visit family and friends and a route to a holiday destination.

These were the worst driving habits on motorways, according to the survey of more than 500 drivers: n 29 per cent cite motorists who drive too close to the car in front; n 20 per cent hate motorists who drive while talking on their mobile phone; n 15 per cent loathe drivers who suddenly cut across all three lanes to exit the motorway; n 13 per cent dislike motorists who hog the middle lane.

RAC Foundation executive director Edmund King said: "National Motorway Month was a success last year in raising motorists' awareness of road safety issues on the motorway network.

"Although motorways are our safest roads, when accidents happen they can have dire consequences in terms of death and delays.

"Motorists seem to have a love-hate relationship with motorways. They love them for getting around quickly, going on holiday or visiting family but hate getting caught up in congestion."

Ginny Clarke, of the Highways Agency, which manages England's motorways and major roads, said: "We welcome National Motorway Month as an opportunity for everyone to focus on making our roads safer. We are working to keep the UK's motorways among the safest in the world."