4 August 2016

Italy 'least enjoyable' country to drive in

Irish drivers have cited Italy as the least enjoyable country to drive in, writes Trish Whelan.

Research conducted by Enterprise Rent-A-Car reveals Irish attitudes to driving in foreign countries with over 21pc giving the thumbs down to driving in Italy as ‘the most stressful country to drive in’. The research also found that 45pc of respondents say Italian motorists are the worst drivers. France came in second with 16pc saying it is an unenjoyable country to drive in.

Irish motorists say they like driving in the UK best, which indicates the similarity between UK and Irish roles of the road and driving etiquette and we drive on the same side of the road and don’t have to decipher road signs and markings in a foreign language. Other countries Irish holidaymakers enjoy driving in include Spain, the US and Germany.

More than half of those surveyed say other nationalities as better drivers than Irish motorists, and one third believe German motorists to be the most careful of drivers.

Some 41pc stated that the US would be their ideal country for a road trip while France took second place.

It seems many Irish dream about taking a road trip on the world renowned Route 66 in the US with 37pc declaring it to be their preferred choice of scenic drives worldwide.