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You told us…how you feel about driving abroad

We asked you how you felt about driving abroad – was it a breeze or did the idea fill you with horror? Here's what you told us...

In last month's newsletter we asked you how you felt about driving abroad - was it a breeze or did the idea fill you with horror?

Almost 230 of you took the time to respond, and the results were an overwhelming 'yes' in favour of getting behind the wheel on holiday. 

A massive 91% of you said you'd already driven abroad (although only 82% said you'd actually enjoyed it!). 53% loved the freedom it brings, 30% felt it was nothing to worry about and 10% said that they were generally fine but that certain things could throw them.

For the 7% who admitted that they were nervous wrecks at the mere thought of it, the main reason was having to drive on the other side of the road (10%), followed by confusing road signs (3%) and other road users (2%).

Nervous about driving abroad this summer?

Many of you had useful tips to pass on to those who were planning to drive abroad for the first time this summer. Here are just some of the 122 responses we received:

  • Take time to read and understand the highway code of the country you are visiting
  • Check what you need to take with you in plenty of time. Enjoy the quieter roads, but be prepared to pay for them by way of tolls
  • Make sure you know the translation for the type of fuel you need
  • Find out about local laws - check if you need hi vis jackets, warning triangles, spare bulb kits
  • Do some research on traffic signs before you go
  • Take a sat nav and if you are unsure of where you are going or a bit nervous just slow down and don't worry what drivers behind you are thinking
  • NO shouting at each other, mistakes should be forgiven.

And finally, most importantly, relax and enjoy it. You're on holiday.

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