UK drivers unable to recognise even half of foreign road signs

Motoring incidents most likely in Spain, France, Italy, Portugal and Australia. UK drivers are unable to recognise even half of foreign road signs (46%), according to revealing new research from insurance4carhire.

The findings come from a survey of 2,000 UK drivers who were asked to correctly identify road signs from Italy, Spain, France, Portugal and Australia. Ranked in order, these five popular holiday destinations are where British motorists are most at risk of needing to make a claim on their insurance, according to insurance4carhire claims data collected between 2012 and 2014.

With UK holiday-makers still keen to catch some late summer sun, the realisation we're least able to recognise Spanish road signs could come as extremely bad news, with motorists giving a wrong answer 62% of the time. Even in Italy, where British drivers give their best performance, we’re scraping at the halfway mark, with a success rate of a meagre 51%.

As well as dealing a death-blow to the image of conscientious British drivers, the results have done little to help the image of younger drivers, with those in the 18-34 year old bracket averaging the lowest score of all at 41%. By contrast, the baby boomer generation (55-64) performed slightly above average with an average score of 48%.

The poll also revealed a marked difference between the sexes, with men scoring roughly 4% higher overall (48% vs. 44%).

Insurance4carhire, which specialises in providing cover for the insurance excess imposed by car rental firms, has additionally revealed the top 5 countries they receive the most claims from, with the average claim coming in at £350*. Since 2011, insurance4carhire has paid over £2 million in claims, with the highest paid claims made in Italy (£280,000 worth) and in Spain (£191,000).

Country Number Of Claims
UK 916
Italy 670
Spain 613
France 509
Portugal 395

Some other highlights from the research revealed:

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Please take a look at the article as published by the Telegraph.

* Correct as of July 2014 since 2011