(LONDON) — Most Americans would agree that folks in England drive on the wrong side of the road. While that’s a matter of perspective, a new poll shows Yank drivers may be onto something about the driving abilities of their UK counterparts.
A new survey reveals that motorists in the U.K. really are at a loss when it comes to the rules of the road. The Daily Mail reports a U.K. survey commissioned by Castrol finds two-thirds of motorists in Britain are totally confused by basic road signs on a daily basis.
The study also found that one in three British drivers get so confused by simple highway signs, they simply follow the car in front when they’re not sure what to do.
One in 20 motorists surveyed even admitted that they “never” take notice of highway signs. Three percent confessed that their confusion has led to them having a car accident.
When shown a “Give Way” sign — the U.K.’s version of the United States’ “Yield” sign — 50 percent of respondents didn’t know what it meant and one in 20 believed it required them to roll down their window and listen for approaching cars.
One third of those polled said a sign that reads “No Motor Vehicles Allowed” meant the exact opposite that only cars and motorcycles were allowed.
And one in four Brits believe a sign that reads “End of 30mph Speed Limit” means they are not allowed to drop below 30mph.
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Herb Scribner, FamilyShare