Car insurance comparison site dispels overseas driving myths

As the holiday season fast approaches and many motorists in the UK prepare to travel abroad, one car insurance comparison site has begun work on dispelling certain myths about overseas driving.

One recent study by online car insurance site Confused.com found that 51 per cent of motorists in the UK have already spent time on foreign roads in the past.  However, possibly because of bad experiences, one out of four do not plan on ever repeating the process, reported the discount car insurance provider.

The price comparison website recently published the survey results with an eye to educate the UK motoring public on some of the vagaries of European regulations.  In one example, there are select countries in Europe that require motorists to keep a high visibility jacket in their vehicle at all times whilst driving – yet only 53 per cent of motorists from the UK knew of such a regulation, according to the online car insurance quote company.

Another such legal requirement enforced by select European countries is a warning triangle.  However, 31 per cent of survey respondents had no knowledge of this.

Gareth Kloet, car insurance head for Confused, remarked that taking your car with you on holiday can be quite liberating.  If motorists equip for the trip properly, their confidence level will be higher and they’ll have a better chance of staying out of trouble, Mr Kloet also said.

Other requirements that many Brits weren’t aware of included a national identifier or GB sticker, with 23 per cent of UK motorists unaware that this can sometimes be a requirement; the need for an international driving permit in certain countries, which was unknown by 47 per cent of survey respondents; finally, the fact that many countries in Europe require a headlamp converter was news to 47 per cent of Brits as well.

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