Three quarters of drivers feel the heat driving abroad

13th July 2012

Motorists must ensure they are clued up on the rules of the road before setting off on any trips across Europe this summer.

That is according to research from Aviva, which revealed that 73 per cent of British drivers surveyed by the insurance firm had fallen foul of the rules of the road abroad or have encountered difficulty when driving on holiday.

The study showed that 28 per cent respondents had previously misread or misunderstood foreign road signs, while 16 per cent had even gone as far as driving on the wrong side of the road.

When asked about their biggest concern when driving in a foreign country, 28 per cent cited a lack of familiarity with the route as their biggest worry.

Nigel Bartram, senior motor underwriter at Aviva, said: "Driving on holiday … often involves an unfamiliar route and long hours behind the wheel and leaves us to contend with everything from driving on the other side of the road and adverse weather conditions, to tiredness and boredom.

"Drivers should prepare for their journey as best they can by looking over the route and the rules of the road," he added.

Checking the tread depth of your tyres before setting off should be among the other inspections undertaken, along with a quick assessment of engine oil levels and brakes.

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