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One in five Brits are too nervous to drive abroad
« on: July 29, 2018, 03:39:44 PM »
JITTERY JOURNEY One in five Brits are too nervous to drive abroad – and almost half worry about accidentally breaking a road rules on holiday

Unfamiliar roads and traffic laws can make for tense car trips while overseas

AROUND one in five drivers are too nervous to get behind the wheel abroad, a study has found.

Despite enjoying a holiday overseas, 19 per cent of British motorists said they would never drive there.

Conducted by TravelSupermarket, the study also found 63 per cent feel less confident driving on roads abroad than they do on roads back home.

The biggest concern about taking to the road on holiday is how unfamiliar drivers will feel, while 46 per cent are worried they may accidentally break a road law they didn't know about.

Thirty-eight per cent are even wary of scuffing or denting the rental car because it feels unfamiliar to drive.

Despite this concern, a large number of Brits will still opt to hire a car while on holiday.



When it comes to hiring a car abroad, one in 10 take the opportunity to hire a vehicle which is nicer than the one they drive at home.

Though for 56 per cent, they will most likely end up with the most cost-effective vehicle while 13 per cent choose the model they feel will be the safest.

The biggest perk to hiring a car abroad is the freedom it affords you to travel anywhere you like, and one in four enjoy the novelty of getting to try out a new vehicle while on their travels.

Fifty-one per cent think hiring your own car gives you the opportunity to see more of the natural landscape, and 36 per cent are glad to avoid the confusion of different public transport systems.

When driving on holiday, women are more concerned about the dangerous driving of other motorists on the road, while men worry they may inadvertently damage the rental car and lose their deposit.

Emma Grimster, spokesperson for TravelSupermarket, said: “Renting a car abroad may seem daunting if you’ve never driven abroad before, however, the freedom it gives you can enable you to have a fantastic holiday.

“Having your own wheels can open up a whole world of opportunities for exploration and discovering a destination in a new and unique way.

“So much of the anxiety surrounding renting a hire car on our hols is a fear of the unknown, however, once you’ve tried it, it may be much easier than you imagine.

"Prepare for your trip by doing some research into the rules of the road in your destination.

"Also be aware of items you must have in the car with you e.g. a spare wheel, warning triangle and reflective jacket when driving in Spain.

"Take it steady and stick to the speed limit, taking in the local scenery as you travel.”

thesun.co.uk
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Re: One in five Brits are too nervous to drive abroad
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2018, 05:27:19 PM »
It would be interesting to know how this survey was constructed.  Thailand at #2 whilst Saudi Arabia at #4.  They probably just totaled up the number of responses so it is no surprise that Thailand is so high given the annual number of visitors.  Saudi Arabia is a far more dangerous place to drive than Thailand, but not so many people come here.  It is interesting that Italy is the only western European country in the top 20.  I worked there in the mid 80's and learned some dangerous Latin driving habits which still remain with me.  Mrs. TT never stops reminding me of this when I am driving in Thailand.
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Re: One in five Brits are too nervous to drive abroad
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2018, 05:46:26 PM »
Mrs. TT never stops reminding me of this when I am driving in Thailand.

Our first day, me & mrs.T on holiday in the UK approaching a roundabout in our shiny rental car, all clear round we go when a car pulls out in front of me, she hollers out the words, what she tells me not to use. then says drive ting tong england. i still laugh to this day, the guy stopped to say sorry, he was from Thailand. :-X
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