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Two thirds of UK drivers don’t understand European road signs

Two thirds of UK drivers don’t understand European road signs

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New research has revealed the lack of knowledge

Some 65 per cent of UK drivers don’t understand European road signs despite 40 per cent having driven abroad, new research has revealed.

A survey of 2,000 UK motorists found that many drivers wouldn’t be able to identify a European road sign, despite having already driven on the continent.

Motorists were tested on European road signs, with only two out of five on average correctly identifying roadsigns. Three quarters failed to acknowledge the end of road restrictions on a German autobahn, instead getting it mixed up with the signs for the UK’s national speed limit.

If these figures were applied to the UK population, it would mean that 18 million people are unable to understand foreign road signs – particularly troubling given the four million UK motorists who are expected to drive abroad this summer.

The research, provided by Nextbase, also found that 60 per cent of those surveyed had driven at least 300 miles abroad, while a quarter had covered at least 500 miles on foreign soil.

More than a quarter of those included in the survey also admitted to having encountered a problem while driving abroad, and over half of these incidents included the police being called to the scene.