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14 Jul

Skyscanner opens left-hand driving school

The course will help drivers understand confusing foreign road signs while getting accustomed to driving on the right hand side of the road

The course will help drivers understand confusing foreign road signs while getting accustomed to driving on the right hand side of the road

The first ever left-handed driving school has opened in the UK, with the main aim of the course to help Britons feel more confident when getting behind the wheel on their holidays.

Already declared a success since opening on the weekend, the course has been devised by holiday comparison website Skyscanner and will help drivers understand confusing foreign road signs while getting accustomed to driving on the right hand side of the road. The classes are held in Brixton in London.

It comes after Skyscanner conducted a poll of 1,084 adults into the attitudes and preparation of driving while abroad, with the results showing that 36 per cent of drivers don’t even look to research the driving laws of the country they visit. Also uncovered was a huge nervousness in using the controls of a vehicle on the opposite side, something which one in ten people asked admitted was their biggest concern. Other aspects which Britons feared included getting lost and going around roundabouts in the opposite direction.

With this sense of unfamiliarity, combined with being in charge of a vehicle, it is important for drivers to get adequate insurance as well as appropriate medical travel insurance protection.

Skyscanner creates accompanying guide

Skyscanner has also published a guide for driving abroad, one which includes details on speed limits, a list of unusual road signs they will come across along their journey, top tips on driving on the right and details on overseas driving laws.

The left-hand driving school is an example of the great initiatives that help travellers be safer while on holiday. While over 70s travel insurance packages can protect you against the majority of incidences that may arise, it’s worth bearing in mind that aspects such as driving a motorised vehicle during your stay will require additional cover.

 Image Credit: Matt (Flickr.com)

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