British Drivers Vote Themselves the best on Europe...but who is the Worst?

If you were asked to name the nationality which embodied the safest driving techniques who would be top of your list? Well, it may come as no surprise that UK drivers have voted themselves the best drivers in Europe. Meanwhile, at the opposite end of the scale respondents believe Italians to be the worst.

The survey, carried out by Enterprise Rent-A-Car, asked 1,000 British motorists about driving habits both here and abroad, with 65 per cent of those asked saying we have the best drivers in Europe.

How do other countries fare? Germany with 23 per cent came in second, while Irish drivers were third with 5 per cent of the votes.

Italians were found to be the worst drivers with 52 per cent of the votes, followed by France (18 per cent) and Spain (15 per cent).

However also revealed a range of infringements and bad habits from British drivers. Nearly one in six admitted they had eaten a meal behind the wheel while seven per cent of women said they had applied makeup, and 13 per cent of men had read a paper map while behind the wheel.

Commenting on the survey findings, Ben Lawson, vice president of rental for Europe, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, said: 'Our experience with our customers shows that UK drivers are typically very careful.

"This new research suggests that, when stuck in a traffic jam or during a long drive, it can be tempting to multi-task or try to make the time go a little quicker by doing something else.

"However, it’s crucial that drivers always give the road their full attention. So even if Britons have voted themselves as the best drivers, we can all benefit from reviewing our habits behind the wheel from time-to-time."

By Tracey McBain