According to a survey carried out by Enterprise Rent-A-Car on Irish attitudes to driving abroad, Italy is the country we find most stressful to drive in. Over one fifth (21%) of respondents cited Italy as their least enjoyable country to drive in. France came in second, with 16% of those surveyed citing it as an unenjoyable country to drive in.
The research also found that 45% of respondents believe Italian motorists to be the worst drivers, while 35% believe Germans to be the most careful drivers.
The UK was ranked as the most enjoyable country to drive in with 40% of those surveyed having had a pleasant driving experience there, followed by Spain (28%), the United States (22%), and Germany (15%).
When questioned about their ideal country for a road trip, 41% chose the US. France took second place with 27% despite being cited by some respondents as an unenjoyable country to drive in!
The Enterprise research further revealed that many Irish dream about taking a road trip on the world renowned Route 66 in the US, with 37% declaring it to be their preferred choice of scenic drives worldwide.
Other international driving routes that ranked high on respondents’ wish list include:
- Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland (26%)
- Amalfi Coast, Italy (23%)
- Great Ocean Road, Australia (22%)
“The research revealed some interesting nuggets on Irish attitudes to stressful driving routes abroad. The fact that Italy came out on top may reflect Irish drivers’ concerns about driving on the other side of the road and competing with local drivers who are more familiar with driving in busy urban areas,” said George O’Connor, Managing Director, Enterprise Rent-A-Car Ireland.
“On the other hand, the UK was identified as one of the most enjoyable driving routes which indicates the similarity between UK and Irish rules of the road and driving etiquette. What’s more, Irish drivers in the UK do not have the extra challenge of deciphering road signs and markings in a foreign language.”
Do you agree with survey results? What have been your experiences of driving abroad?