Britons the third safest drivers in Europe

British drivers are the third safest drivers in Europe, according to a new poll by Goodyear Dunlop.

18% of the 3,500 drivers surveyed chose Germany when asked to nominate the country with the safest drivers in the EU, Sweden followed with 9% of the vote, and the UK came third with 6%.

But UK drivers were more likely to require further knowledge about tires and their role in road safety of any EU drivers surveyed. Seven in ten UK respondents (71%) said they would have trouble telling one type of tyre from another without assistance, 62% aren’t sure whether the tyres on their car are summer, winter or another type of tyre, and 42% know little or nothing about how different tyres can increase or decrease your grip on the road.

59% of EU respondents said they regularly checked their tyre pressure but half of them admitted they might set out on a long journey without doing so. More than one in three admitted they continue to drive as normal on worn tyres.

“This survey on tyres and road safety reveals some of the worrying driving practices we all need to address to make our roads safer places,” said Tom Delforge, Director of Communications EMEA at Goodyear Dunlop. “It also shows a number of road safety risks that can be addressed by promoting the right tyre choice, building more awareness and encouraging better maintenance.”

The study was carried out by APCO Insight on behalf of “Goodyear Dunlop Europe”. 3,500 drivers were surveyed across Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain and the UK from 31 August to 9 September 2010. Interviews were conducted online in the local language of each country.

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