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Drivers in the North East Have the Best Knowledge of Driving Abroad

April 25, 2013

LONDON, April 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –

North East residents scored highest on European driving trivia

A new nationwide survey has revealed that residents in the North East of England are
the most knowledgeable when questioned on European driving regulations, with an average of
60% giving correct answers.

The survey, which was carried out by leading car hire price comparator
Carrentals.co.uk and the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, questioned 1,500 people
on the subject of non-UK driving and safety regulations. The results revealed that the
majority of respondents from the North East were able to correctly identify legal
requirements applicable when driving in European countries such as Cyprus, France and

70% of respondents were aware that in Denmark it is illegal to drive without
headlights on, even during daylight. The same percentage was also correct in stating that,
in Cyprus, drivers could receive an EUR85 fine if caught drinking water while at the
wheel. Additionally, over half of those questioned were able to identify that it is a
legal requirement in France to carry two breathalysers with you in a vehicle.

With many respondents in the North East citing safety as a primary concern when
renting a car abroad, the survey reveals that over 60% of drivers actively familiarise
themselves with the relevant Highway Code before driving in another country. Almost 70% of
respondents also demonstrate knowledge of the national laws regarding limits and penalties
of driving under the influence of alcohol within various countries. Reassuringly, in light
of a firm knowledge on non-UK driving rules, almost 90% of North East respondents happily
reported never having experienced any difficulties whilst driving abroad.

Managing director of http://www.Carrentals.co.uk, Gareth Robinson, says: “Driving
abroad, in unfamiliar surroundings, can be very risky for holidaymakers, and wherever our
customers drive, we want to do everything possible to promote safety awareness.”

“The findings of the survey are refreshing. It’s quite reassuring to know that
drivers, led by those in the North East, have a sound knowledge of the way other countries
operate when it comes to rules of the road. It’s also great to see that respondents
actively educate themselves on non-UK safety regulations, prior to travelling.”

Carrentals.co.uk compares car hire deals from up to 50 rental companies, including
Alamo, Budget, easyCar, Holiday Autos and Sixt, in over 9,000 locations worldwide.

To compare the latest car hire deals visit http://www.carrentals.co.uk

About Carrentals.co.uk

Carrentals.co.uk is one of the UK’s leading car hire comparison websites, and
celebrated its 5th birthday as a comparator in February 2012. Last year, the company
achieved record sales, despite the challenging economic climate.

Searching up to 50 different car hire suppliers, including Alamo, Avis, Budget, Hertz,
Holiday Autos and Sixt, Carrentals.co.uk provides an impartial comparison of the best
prices available in over 15,000 locations worldwide.

Customers can also book with Carrentals.co.uk through the Android and iPhone mobile
apps launched in 2011 and also through the comparator’s Facebook page.

To book or for further information visit http://www.carrentals.co.uk

SOURCE www.carrentals.co.uk

Source: PR Newswire