Holiday Brits are jealous of this which they say is much better in Europe
- Survey of 2k Brits finds thought holding up better in Europe
- Here’s a hint: It’s not the weather, the food, or the tourism.
The British in a recent survey have said that there is one thing in particular that is much better in Europe than at home… and it is not the weather, the food or the tourism.
A survey of 2,000 Britons found that the majority are jealous of the roads in Europe when they’ve been there on holiday or on business, saying they put our streets to shame.
While the UK network is riddled with potholes, drivers invariably prefer the pristine ribbons over tarmac that can be found on the other side of the Channel.
And the survey results even found that Brits think driving quality is better abroad than at home.
Brits jealous of Europe’s roads: RAC surveyed motorists who have crossed the Channel and vast majority said conditions, cleanliness and driving standards are better elsewhere
Almost three-quarters of motorists who have experience driving abroad think that road conditions, such as the number and severity of potholes, are worse in the UK than in other countries, and only 8 per cent says the UK is doing better.
More than three in five panel members also believe that road litter is less of a problem abroad than it is on this side of the Channel compared to the small 7 per cent who think UK roads are cleaner than they are on this side of the Channel. those of the European neighbours.
In fact, of the 14 different aspects of roads and driving the RAC asked drivers to compare between Britain and other EU countries, Britain scores better on only one, and that’s obvious: the “ease of understanding of traffic signs.
On the subject of driving speed on motorways, more than half of the drivers surveyed said they see little difference in the number of people who drive too fast whether at home or abroad, but a third said the problem it was less frequent in other countries.
And while half said they can’t tell the difference between the driving standard of UK drivers and their counterparts in other parts of Europe, 28 per cent still believe foreign motorists drive better, compared to a fifth. who believes UK motorists do.
Overall, two in five drivers felt the overseas driving experience is better abroad than in the UK, with only a quarter (24 per cent) saying they prefer to get behind the wheel on this side of the Channel.
“This research is absolutely damning when it comes to the state of many of our nation’s roads when compared to the pristine strips of asphalt that can be found on the other side of the Channel,” said Rod Dennis, spokesman for RAC Europe.
“We’ve said for years that given the amount drivers pay in taxes, it’s almost ridiculous that they have to endure endless potholes when driving at home.
“It’s clear from what drivers have told us that they seem to forget about potholes once they leave the UK, with unanimous agreement that foreign roads are simply better.”
Dennis says that while potholes are the UK’s biggest nightmare, drivers clearly think that roadsides are much cleaner in Europe, painted road markings remain at a much higher level and congestion both in the city as on the highways, it is better in other places.
“It is perhaps no surprise then that around half of all drivers we surveyed (48 per cent) have enjoyed driving abroad in the past, either in their own car or one rented from the country where they were staying. Dennis added.