Research showing that more than a quarter of Brits abroad are too worried to get behind the wheel and drive, has led to the launch of the country’s first driving school that offers driver training specifically in left hand drive cars. Skyscanner, the company behind the idea, is teaming up with driving instructors and will not only offer courses on using the controls of a left hand drive car, but will also familiarise students with the road signs, markings, and layouts that may be seen in some of the most popular tourist spots around the world.
While the UK drives on the left hand side of the road, with left hand drive cars, approximately two thirds of the world drives on the right. For tourists visiting foreign countries, this can be a major attributing factor to them deciding not to get behind the wheel and drive while they travel abroad.
Skyscanner is a global travel search site, offering Brits the chance to locate deals on holidays, flights, and hotel bookings. They have launched this latest initiative as a means to help provide Brits with the confidence that they need to be able to drive while abroad. The course is only limited, being run in Brixton on 12th July, and places are limited, so those wishing to take part are encouraged to apply soon – the course is free.
The research polled 1,084 adults, with 36% of respondents saying that they do not research driving laws in the countries that they visit, while 24% said that they would rather their partners took on the driving responsibilities. 27% said that they were afraid to drive abroad, with the primary reasons behind this fear being a failure to recognise road signs and their meanings, getting lost, navigating roundabouts, navigating in general, and driving on the other side of the road.
Skyscanner has said that it has also launched a guide to the driving laws that are applicable in those areas that are considered most popular with British tourists, and that they want to show people that there is much more to be discovered when driving, because it enables visitors to be able to get off the beaten track and explore the real areas that they visit.