Brits are left baffled when driving around the continent, as four in five (80%) struggle to correctly identify foreign road signs whilst driving abroad, according to a new study.
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Driving on the right-hand side of the road (59%), identifying foreign traffic signs (44%) and understanding foreign rules and regulations (51%) prove the biggest challenges for British holidaymakers. Knowing the difference between kilometres and miles per hour also stresses a quarter (25%) of Brits out whilst driving abroad.
The majority (89%) of those surveyed admit to having little to no understanding of foreign regulations and road signs, and 87% conduct no research into a foreign country’s Highway Code before driving on the roads.
The research of 2,000 British motorists specially commissioned by easyJet and car hire provider, Europcar, reveals that a European road trip is on the bucket list for half (55%) of all Brits and over a third (35%) are planning on driving abroad this Summer.
easyJet and Europcar worked with Professor Stuart Cole, Professor Emeritus of Transport at University of South Wales to analyse over 800 road signs from across eight European counties to determine which territories left Brits baffled. The research also revealed that Italian road signs cause the most confusion, according to 78% of British motorists, followed by Portugal (69%) and France (68%).