Italy the most stressful country to drive in

Irish holidaymakers are heading to the continent in droves this summer, with many taking to the highways and byways to soak up the scenery and sunshine abroad. Research conducted by Enterprise Rent-A-Car, part of the world’s largest vehicle rental company, reveals Irish attitudes to driving in foreign countries with over one fifth of respondents citing Italy as the least enjoyable country to drive in.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s research revealed that Irish motorists consider neighbouring UK to be the most enjoyable country to drive in, with 40 per cent having had a pleasant driving experience within the British Isles. Other countries Irish holidaymakers enjoy driving in include Spain (28 per cent ), United States (22 per cent ) and Germany (15 per cent ).

More than half of those surveyed see other nationalities as better drivers than Irish motorists – and over one third of respondents state that they believe German motorists to be the most careful of drivers.

When questioned about their ideal country for a road trip, two in five stated that the US would come to mind first. Many Irish dream about taking a road trip on the world famous Route 66 in the US, with 37 per cent declaring it to be their preferred choice of scenic drives worldwide.

Other international driving routes that ranked high on respondents’ wish list include Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, the Amalfi Coast in Italy, and Great Ocean Road, Australia.

“Our advice to all those driving abroad in the coming weeks is to plan your route in advance, become familiar with the local rules of the road, and take your time particularly on smaller secondary routes which some might find challenging to navigate,” said George O’Connor, Enterprise Rent-A-Car Ireland.

“For anyone with concerns about driving abroad, Enterprise has produced handy driving tips which are available online, and include some of the top local driving rules.”

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