• 59% of Brits who have driven abroad admit to driving errors when on foreign roads
• 27% of male drivers abroad have driven on the wrong side of the road, compared to 14% of women
• Over one in ten Brits driving abroad have gone the wrong way round a roundabout
29th July 2011 – Almost three in five Brits (59%) that have driven while on holiday abroad admit they have made mistakes on foreign roads, according to new research from carhiremarket.com. Getting lost tops the list of blunders for Brits who admit to making mistakes, cited by 67% of Brits when driving abroad, with over one in ten (13%) admitting to going round a roundabout the wrong way. Worryingly, 9% also confessed to trying to wind the window down instead of changing gear!
According to the poll of British adults, men are the worst drivers when it comes to making errors in foreign countries. Over a quarter (27%) of men who have driven abroad have found themselves on the wrong side of the road, compared to just 14% of women. Furthermore, "68% of men say they have made errors while driving abroad compared to 62% of women. Men were also found to have more accidents (5% vs. 3% respectively).
Those from the London and the North West would be wise to be extra prepared if they plan to hire a car abroad, as they have been awarded the “worst region for errors” title. Nearly three-quarters (74%) of those who have driven while on holiday admitted to making mistakes and 5% from London said they have had an accident -
It may also be wise for drivers in Scotland to invest in a sat nav, as they came up trumps for getting lost, with 46% of drivers admitting to losing their way compared to 39% on average. Drivers from Yorkshire and Humberside appear to be the most experienced when driving abroad, with only 56% admitting to blunders.
Andrew Shorrock, Assistant Product Manager at an online car hire comparison site carhiremarket.com, comments: “Even though women have historically been given the reputation of being bad drivers, this survey shows that it’s men who aren’t so prepared when it comes to driving on foreign roads. By taking a few simple steps and making sure you are prepared for a road trip abroad, dangerous mistakes and lack of direction can be easily avoided.”
If you are looking to hire a car or drive abroad, follow the carhiremarket.com tips for driving:
1. Plan ahead and leave plenty of time for your journey
2. Make sure you invest in a map of the area before setting off
3. Get enough sleep so you are relaxed and can concentrate on the road ahead
4. Try and always have a passenger with you who can map read while you concentrate on the road
5. Be wary of local drivers who will be much more confident than you!
For more information on travelling abroad and great value car rental, car hire comparison or for more information on car hire destinations or airport car hire, visit www.carhiremarket.com .
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All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 2004 adults, of which 900 have driven abroad. Fieldwork was undertaken between 18th and 20th July 2011 and was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).
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