AXA warns of overseas motoring mistakes
by Richard Kilner
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AXA Insurance has commissioned research which shows that numerous British motorists are likely to fall foul of the law in Europe this summer.
With the volcanic ash cloud and industrial strife affecting flights, many Britons are opting to drive into Europe for their holidays.
Unfortunately, there is a widespread lack of knowledge about the rules and regulations of driving overseas.
A third of drivers admit ignorance about whether a GB sticker is necessary, and almost a quarter incorrectly state that it is not.
Four out of 10 incorrectly believe that jumping a red light in Italy is legal, perhaps reflecting a commonly known but false myth.
In Portugal, a driver can only overtake on the left when on a motorway, with 37% believing it is legal to overtake on either side.
Motor Director Craig Staniland has warned that some misconceptions could lead to serious breaches of road law in Europe, or accidents.
The findings echo those of Sheila’s Wheels, which last year found that a third of British drivers thought driving regulations were the same overseas as they are in the UK.