Brits 'don't know rules of European roads'Many unsure about driving in Europe, survey finds

24 June 2009

Few British drivers know the speed limits on French motorways

Few British drivers know the speed limit on French motorways

As many as 10% of British motorists plan to drive in Europe this summer, but many don't know the basic rules of the road, a new survey shows. 

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A third of those questioned by insurance firm Sheilas' Wheels said they thought driving rules in Europe were 'the same' as those in the UK.

And a similar number (32%) admitted to driving in Europe without a warning triangle in their car – one of the compulsory requirements when driving in France, Belgium and Germany.

Driving in France

Sheilas' Wheels found that 83% of those planning to drive abroad will head to France – a popular destination with people planning a booze cruise. But 85% of those surveyed did not know the speed limit on French motorways. 

The survey of more than a thousand drivers showed 15% had already picked up damage to their cars in Europe through crashes, bumps and acts of vandalism.

Jacky Brown at Sheilas' Wheels said: ‘It's important for motorists looking to take their car across the Channel to call their insurer and check their level of cover before driving abroad. With the school holidays fast approaching this may be the last thing on parents' minds but it's crucial to plan ahead and get ample insurance cover for added peace of mind.

'It's also vital that motorists do their research beforehand by making sure they understand the basic rules and regulations for driving on foreign roads. Being fully prepared by planning their journeys, carrying the essential equipment and giving their car a maintenance check before setting off is also a must – especially as a breakdown with kids in the back of the car is enough to put a dampener on any holiday.'

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