An RAC survey has found that of the one in three motorists limbering up to drive in Europe this year, 35% have no idea what they would do if faced with a breakdown or accident.
Driving in Europe is becoming increasingly popular with families choosing to ditch the package holiday in favour of freewheeling across the continent.
However, common misconceptions about supposedly cheaper fuel costs and a lack of preparation has meant that driving abroad can be more costly and more dangerous than many expect.
The research found only a third of drivers knew the number to call for the emergency services in Europe in the event of an accident.
David Hawes, RAC patrol manager, says: "There are benefits to driving abroad, ranging from lower diesel prices to more freedom to visit places outside of tourist centres, but as our research shows, foreign roads can be a dangerous place, so it's always best to be prepared. It's also crucial to swot up on European driving laws before you go to avoid any pitfalls."
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