Motorists reveal biggest fears about driving in Europe

Motorists reveal biggest fears about driving in Europe
Drivers heading to Europe by car this summer have been warned to prepare for their trip, after a survey revealed some of the biggest concerns held by motorists about driving on the continent.

According to the poll from RAC European Breakdown, 37% of respondents admitted to worrying they will break down while driving in Europe, making this the biggest anxiety of British holidaymakers.

Next up were concerns over not knowing local parking rules, with 30% expressing fears, while 24% worry about being pressured by local motorists who know the roads.

Many of the stresses also relate to drivers’ assessment of their ability on the roads in Europe.

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For instance, more than a quarter – 26% – owned up to worries about accidentally driving on the wrong side of the road.

In addition, 22% confessed to getting confused by European road signs and 7% said they had caused a queue at toll booths while finding the right change for the machine. 

Commenting on the results of the survey, RAC European Breakdown spokesman Simon Williams said that many of the concerns could be alleviated simply with a bit of forethought.

“On the face of it there may appear much to be concerned about with about driving in Europe, but in reality many of these worries are easily overcome through some simple preparation and research,” he said.

“Driving on the wrong side of the road is perhaps the most obvious concern which is probably far more likely to happen on a quiet, deserted country road than it is on a busy town or city road.”

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The results show that these fears remain unrealised for the majority of drivers.

But a worrying 42% admitted to experiencing some form of trouble on the road in Europe.

Yet despite this, the survey revealed confusion over the correct phone number to ring in the event of an emergency.

According to the results, only 30% knew the correct number was 112, a drop on the 38% who knew this in 2015.

“Accidents can and do happen on roads abroad but they are probably far less frequent than many would imagine,” Simon Williams said.

“Should you be unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident or even witness one, it’s vital to know the right number to call to get help so it was very worrying to see that more people were unaware of the 112 emergency number this year than they were last year when 38% knew the correct answer.”

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