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Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Brits are Europe’s most courteous drivers...but aren’t so courteous to each other

British travellers take out holiday driving stress on their partners

TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, has polled* European travellers on the perils and pleasures of driving on holiday and found that Brits are Europe’s most courteous – and most argumentative – drivers on the road.

The survey of over 3,000 European travellers tagged Brits as Europe’s most courteous drivers. The situation inside the car, however, is entirely different: a whopping 42% of Brits have argued with their partner as a direct result of driving on holiday, compared to just 15% of passive Spanish drivers.

“Although Brits may appear courteous to other drivers, it seems we don’t continue this politeness to our partners,” commented Emma O’Boyle, TripAdvisor spokesperson.  “Driving on holiday, particularly abroad, can be a stressful experience so mitigate against the most obvious argument triggers by planning your route in advance and making regular stops to avoid getting over-tired and irritable.”

Italians were voted Europe’s worst drivers, while Greek roads were voted the most unsafe and Germany’s voted the safest.

*Survey carried out on 3,339 European travellers in July 2011