Road signs confuse British drivers. One in five reveal they do not understand road signs abroad.
British drivers heading abroad this summer put themselves at risk by not being familiar with road signs abroad. The basic road signs confuse us, some 86 percent failed to identify correctly the yellow diamond “priority” road sign used in European countries to indicate the road has right of way, 40 percent were unable to identify the French “Give Way” sign.
Another problem besides coping with driving on the other side of the road is to know the motorway speed limits as they differ in most European countries. We also have to deal with unfamiliar driving culture, for example the Frenchman flashing his lights is not offering to let you through he is warning you to get out of his way! The Italian tailgating you could overtake on the inside or outside! Another fact that the British wrongly assume is that the alcohol limit for drinking and driving in Europe is higher than in Britain when in fact in most European countries it is lower.
The AA Website provide a guide for driving abroad which is worth visiting, it is also a good idea to check your insurance for driving abroad just to ensure you do not have to upgrade to a comprehensive level to keep your insurance valid.