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Be careful about overseas driving

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Motorists taking a road-trip overseas this summer should swot-up on the rules of the road in the countries they’re visiting, Sheila’s Wheels said this week.

A survey by the female-friendly car insurer found that one in three (33%) British drivers wrongly believe driving regulations overseas are the same as in the UK.

Nearly a third (32%) of motorists have driven illegally in Europe by not carrying a warning triangle in their car. Over 2.5 million motorists confessed to not knowing the speed limit on foreign roads, while 85% of those polled didn’t know the speed limit on French motorways.

A further 15% thought their UK car insurance gives them the same cover while abroad.

“It’s vital that motorists do their research beforehand by making sure they understand the basic rules and regulations for driving on foreign roads,” said Sheila’s Wheels spokesperson Jacky Brown.
“Being fully prepared by planning their journeys, carrying the essential equipment and giving their car a maintenance check before setting off is also a must – especially as a breakdown with kids in the back of the car is enough to put a dampener on any holiday.”

One in eight (83%) motorists driving overseas this summer are headed for France.