Having to deal with "lively" European motorists while coping with travelling "on the wrong side of the road" makes three quarters of British car owners nervous about driving abroad, an RAC survey has shown.
As many as 21% admitted to driving in the wrong direction up a carriageway while in EU countries and a third have looked the wrong way at junctions.
A further 21% admitted to breaking speed limits as they were confused by road signs.
Britons who motor abroad were most worried about Italian drivers, with Spanish and Polish motorists also causing concern. Scandinavian drivers were found to cause the least worry.
RAC spokesman Adam Cracknell said: "It's understandable that people feel nervous driving abroad. Not only are they unfamiliar with the rules and regulations but they also have to tackle driving on the other side of the road and the challenges that brings.
"They key thing to combat nerves and avoid running into difficulty is to prepare in advance. We urge holidaymakers to spend a little time doing some research to make their journey more relaxing and, more importantly, keep them safe behind the wheel."
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