SURVEY SHOWS DRIVING ON THE RIGHT AND HAVING TO DECIPHER THE SIGNS ARE MAJOR HEADACHES FOR UK MOTORISTS ON THE CONTINENT
The stereotype of Brits abroad dictates that if a foreigner doesn’t understand them, they simply repeat themselves — in English — twice as loudly.
And now a survey done by online holiday booking company Holiday Extras has revealed that two-thirds of Brits want European road signs in English.
The problems with British drivers on the Continent don’t stop there. Apparently, low confidence, lack of knowledge and poor language skills make driving a nightmare for many.
The survey revealed that 26 per cent of Brits struggle with driving on the right, and 36 per cent say navigating and understanding road signs is a challenge. Only 11 per cent said they positively enjoyed driving abroad.
It gets worse.
Asked if they felt knowledgeable enough to drive confidently and safely around Europe’s roads and autobahns, 60 per cent said they didn’t.
A fifth of drivers said they were unlikely to pass a foreign driving test, and 15 per cent admitted to being amazed that there aren’t more rules for foreign drivers.
But rather than battle through with a stiff upper lip, 12 per cent said they constantly worried about driving.
Holiday Extras communications director Ant Clarke-Cowell said of the results of his company’s survey: “It seems we’re pretty hopeless at driving when on the Continent.”