Car insurance customers 'clueless' about road signs

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Those searching for cheap car insurance may be interested to learn that only half of all UK drivers claim to understand all Britain's road signs.

A survey conducted by KIA Motors discovered that while 83 per cent of British drivers believe they are good road users, only 59 per cent were able to identify the sign meaning 'no motor vehicles'.

The Driving Theory Test became part of the requirements for gaining a driving license in 1996 when it was introduced to replace questions asked about the Highway Code in the practical test.

KIA's study found 34 per cent of UK drivers were unaware of speed limit restrictions for different road types, although 87 per cent could identify the sign indicating 'national speed limit applies'.

Similarly just 52 per cent of drivers recognised the sign for a clearway and 30 per cent of those surveyed believed a yellow diversion sign to mean "hazard ahead".

Communications director for KIA, Steve Kitson said: "No matter how many years you have been driving, it is always a good idea, to familiarise yourself with the Highway Code and mug up on any road signs or signals if in doubt."

Posted by Noel Martin

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