Car insurance: UK motorists 'getting the wrong signals'

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Drivers could end up having to make a claim on their motor insurance because they do not understand road signs.

Research by Avis Rent A Car has found 53 per cent of road users had trouble explaining the meaning of a number of common images which can be seen up and down highways in the UK and abroad.

Of those questioned, 20 per cent thought the No Overtaking sign indicated an approaching dual carriageway and 54 per cent identified No Motor Vehicles Allowed as All Motor Vehicles Permitted.

Commercial director at Avis Daniel McCarthy said the results of the study had been a surprise.

"It is well known that foreign road signs can cause UK motorists headaches, but we were shocked to see that even the simplest of UK signs had drivers stumped," he stated.

Meanwhile, previous research carried out by Avis revealed 58 per cent of drivers were considering buying a smaller vehicle in a bid to qualify for cheap car insurance and cut other motoring costs.

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