The ‘worst’ drivers in Europe revealed

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2022-05-27 16:58:32

(CNN) — Planning on a European trip this summer season? Look out for aggressive, harmful and drunk drivers — no less than, in response to the Europeans.

A brand new survey has discovered that 79% of them have a unfavourable opinion of their fellow drivers — whereas, in fact, 97% of them take delight in their very own wonderful driving.

The survey of 12,400 Europeans in March 2022 was commissioned by France’s Vinci Autoroutes, which manages French freeways. It was carried out by polling firm Ipsos, which requested no less than 1,000 individuals in every of 11 nations about their very own driving habits, and people of their fellow drivers, at house and overseas.

By the seems of it, vacationing drivers shall be in for a shock. A whopping 42% of Poles stated that driving is about “each man for himself” (in contrast with simply 7% of Spaniards), whereas 1 / 4 of Brits claimed to not be the identical individual behind the wheel as in entrance of it.

The survey additionally takes on nationwide stereotypes and — typically — finds them to be true. Simply 16% of Italian drivers stated that their fellow Italians had been well mannered, whereas 14% of French drivers reckon that French drivers are harassed.

True to kind, the Brits appeared essentially the most self-effacing, reckoning that simply 68% of their fellow drivers paid consideration, and underneath half being calm and courteous.

Nonetheless, when it got here to judging different nations, issues appeared somewhat totally different. The Germans — recognized for his or her hyper-speedy autobahns — determined that simply 30% of different nations’ drivers had been aggressive, and even fewer irresponsible.

The least judgmental had been the Spanish and the Brits, 70% of whom had one thing unfavourable to say about their pals on mainland Europe. That appears like lots, until you hear in regards to the others.

In case you’re heading to Greece this summer season, you may wish to get a great night time’s sleep and seize a espresso earlier than hitting the highway to be sure you’re on high kind. The Greeks had been essentially the most vital of different nations’ driving habits, with 91% of them utilizing unfavourable descriptions of their friends.

Greek drivers (pictured in Thessaloniki) were the most critical of others, yet admitted to the most rule-breaking themselves.

Greek drivers (pictured in Thessaloniki) had been essentially the most vital of others, but admitted to essentially the most rule-breaking themselves.

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Having stated that, in addition they got here high for self-reported “uncivil habits” in their very own vehicles, with nearly half reporting swearing, honking, overtaking on the unsuitable aspect of the highway, or leaping out of the automotive to have phrases with one other driver. They had been additionally the nation probably to tailgate an ‘annoying’ automotive in entrance. So hold these eyes on the rear view mirror in case you’re planning a visit to Greece this summer season — or contemplate Slovakia, which got here backside within the tailgating desk.

Greece additionally topped the board of drivers who use their telephones whereas driving, with 77% admitting they make calls, and 83% reporting utilizing their smartphone on the wheel. Spain got here backside of this desk, with 62% utilizing their smartphones whereas driving.

Greece additionally scored the best on harmful driving, with round a 3rd of drivers admitting to behaviors like dashing, skipping a pink mild, not slowing down for roadworks, and never protecting a protected distance between vehicles.

In the meantime solely 20% of Greeks might muster something optimistic to say about different nations’ drivers, whereas the UK once more topped the board, with 50% saying good issues about their rivals.

Fundamental picture: Maresol/Adobe Inventory

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