Language tops the list of concerns for those driving overseas

Language tops the list of concerns for those driving overseas 18th August 2015

Millions of people now make use of their cars when they are heading off on holiday on the continent, thanks to the ease of access and the freedom it gives them to get the most out of their trip. 
However, driving in another country is not as easy as just jumping into the car and setting off. There are a number of factors that need to be considered, including the laws and driving regulations in other countries and any documentation and equipment that they may need to carry with them. 

When it comes to the issues that worry British motorists the most when they are heading overseas, however, the latest RAC European Breakdown survey has indicated that the main concern many motorists have are with regards to language barriers. 

The survey showed that some six million Brits will drive overseas on holiday in 2015, and of these, 56 per cent say it is not a prospect they are completely comfortable with. The majority of drivers who have concerns say that language barriers are a potential issue. 

Not being able to talk to local mechanics or recovery drivers if their car breaks down abroad is something that most drivers worry about, and the RAC said that carrying a traditional translation book, or even an app for a smartphone, can help to deal with this. 

David Huggon, operations manager at RAC European Breakdown, said: "Ultimately, planning is key, and our advice is to make sure you have everything you need before you set off so that nothing comes between you and the open roads. 

"There are a number of ways to prepare for your journey so that you are able to navigate your way around language barriers, and enjoy all that driving on the continent has to offer."

Other issues that drivers worry about include confusion over road signs they have not encountered at home, the quality of local drivers and the fact they fear driving on the wrong side of the road accidentally. 

Posted by Danielle Barge