September 13, 2009 19:00 ET

UK Motorists Wave Arrividerci to Road Awareness in Europe

One in five don't know which side of the road to drive on

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Sept. 13, 2009) - One in five UK drivers don't know which side of the road to drive on in Europe, according to Swinton, the UK's leading high street insurance retailer.

In a poll of 2,100 customers, a staggering 20% of drivers believe the rest of Europe drive on the left hand side of the road. An alarming 62% of drivers admitted they had driven on the wrong side of the road by accident with a further 25% of motorists believing speed limits were measured in miles instead of kilometres.

Sixty eight per cent of drivers admitted to feeling nervous when driving on European roads with navigating roundabouts and angering fellow drivers revealed as the main concerns when driving abroad.

Steve Chelton, insurer development manager at Swinton car insurance said: "Driving to a European destination remains an affordable way to take the whole family on holiday.

"But it's vital to familiarise yourself with the road traffic laws, signs, rights of way and speed limits of the country you are visiting. Motorists driving their own vehicle in Europe need to be aware that fully comprehensive car insurance does not automatically mean the same level of cover abroad and we would urge motorists to speak to their broker to see if they need to upgrade their policy prior to their trip. If you are hiring a car make sure you know exactly what level of cover you have paid for."

Additional country-specific information can be found at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office's website.

For more information contact Michael Travers or Anoushka Foster at Manchester PR agency SKV Communications on 0161 838 7770.

About Swinton:

- With 580 branches nationwide Swinton is the UK's largest high street insurance retailer

- Unlike many other companies in the financial services industry, Swinton is committed to keeping its branches open for business, and part of the community

- Swinton provides a one-stop-shop for the insurance and related needs of its clients, offering home, car, caravan, business, holiday, motorbike and even classic car insurance

- With a dedicated team of advisors on hand at every branch to search a panel of insurers to offer quality cover at competitive rates

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