Drivers in the North East Have the Best Knowledge of Driving Abroad

     Drivers in the North East Have the Best Knowledge of Driving Abroad

  PR Newswire

  LONDON, April 25, 2013

LONDON, April 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

        North East residents scored highest on European driving trivia

A new nationwide survey has revealed that residents in the North East of
England are the most knowledgeable when questioned on European driving
regulations, with an average of 60% giving correct answers.

The survey, which was carried out by leading car hire price comparator and the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, questioned
1,500 people on the subject of non-UK driving and safety regulations. The
results revealed that the majority of respondents from the North East were
able to correctly identify legal requirements applicable when driving in
European countries such as Cyprus, France and Spain.

70% of respondents were aware that in Denmark it is illegal to drive without
headlights on, even during daylight. The same percentage was also correct in
stating that, in Cyprus, drivers could receive an €85 fine if caught drinking
water while at the wheel. Additionally, over half of those questioned were
able to identify that it is a legal requirement in France to carry two
breathalysers with you in a vehicle.

With many respondents in the North East citing safety as a primary concern
when renting a car abroad, the survey reveals that over 60% of drivers
actively familiarise themselves with the relevant Highway Code before driving
in another country. Almost 70% of respondents also demonstrate knowledge of
the national laws regarding limits and penalties of driving under the
influence of alcohol within various countries. Reassuringly, in light of a
firm knowledge on non-UK driving rules, almost 90% of North East respondents
happily reported never having experienced any difficulties whilst driving

Managing director of , Gareth Robinson, says:
"Driving abroad, in unfamiliar surroundings, can be very risky for
holidaymakers, and wherever our customers drive, we want to do everything
possible to promote safety awareness."

"The findings of the survey are refreshing. It's quite reassuring to know that
drivers, led by those in the North East, have a sound knowledge of the way
other countries operate when it comes to rules of the road. It's also great to
see that respondents actively educate themselves on non-UK safety regulations,
prior to travelling." compares car hire deals from up to 50 rental companies,
including Alamo, Budget, easyCar, Holiday Autos and Sixt, in over 9,000
locations worldwide.

To compare the latest car hire deals visit 

About is one of the UK's leading car hire comparison websites, and
celebrated its 5th birthday as a comparator in February 2012. Last year, the
company achieved record sales, despite the challenging economic climate.

Searching up to 50 different car hire suppliers, including Alamo, Avis,
Budget, Hertz, Holiday Autos and Sixt, provides an impartial
comparison of the best prices available in over 15,000 locations worldwide.

Customers can also book with through the Android and iPhone
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