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• 58% of Brits would hire a car than use public transport when abroad
• 21% find foreign public transport systems too confusing to use
• 22% use a hire car on holiday due to the language barrier
• The adventurous over 55’s site less concerns than the youngsters when getting around aboard via public transport

20th September 2011 – Brits who travel abroad would hire a car rather than use public transport to get around when on holiday, according to new research from car hire comparison site As many as 58% of Brits questioned cited numerous reasons why they would choose car hire over trains, trams and tubes when holidaying, including safety, language issues and comfort.

Confusing transport systems (21%) along with not being able to speak the mother tongue (22%) topped the list of reasons for shying away from public transport and hiring a car instead. Being unable to find their way around public transport systems followed, with 18% of the vote, with safety and lack of comfort also concerns for Brits who would chose to be behind the wheel of a car when overseas.

Interestingly, youngsters seem to be far less confident about using public transport than the more adventurous older generations! Only 12% of over 55 year olds cited concerns over the safety of public transport compared to almost 22% of those between 18 and 24. As many as 27% of younger travellers were worried about getting lost, but the well travelled and fearless over 55s are not so anxious, with only 16% having concerns over losing their way.

Even when it comes to comfort the more mature adults would happily take a bumpy ride, with only 14% saying this was an issue with public transport compared to more youthful holiday makers (24%)!

Andrew Shorrock, Product Manager at online car hire comparison website, comments: “Even though most public transport systems abroad are very safe and easy to use, this survey shows many of us have concerns about using them, due to confusing systems and not speaking the local language. Hiring a car abroad can be extremely advantageous in terms of comfort and not being tied to public transport time restrictions. You can even hire a car in some locations for as little as £8 a day*, which could be a great saving compared to buses or trains if travelling with a family.”
*dependent on location and time of year

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 .

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For more information, contact:

Claire Barber
EML Wildfire
020 8408 8000

Survey Methodology

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+).

About is an independent price comparison website whereby customers can choose a car hire out of 24,000,000 offers from 130 suppliers and 90.000 stations in 178 countries and book directly. is connected with the most reputable car hire suppliers worldwide over an XML-reservation interface. The customers can reserve their desired car hire with only two steps and can specify their offer by filtering through price, car category, equipment, doors / passenger and supplier. In addition, the customer can immediately see which services are included in the offer. Another advantage: Bookings can be made directly on the site.

By exclusively negotiated rates with the car rental companies also guarantees special terms and prices. Furthermore, our trained call centre provides support to our customers with their online reservations and also with any other questions around the subject rental car. They are available by phone from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – for free. The team care about concerns and booking procedures. From England you dial the toll free service-hotline 0800 098 82 20 and from USA and Canada the toll free number 001 888 816 5478. Short news also on Twitter:

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