Business drivers unprepared when driving abroad, says Enterprise
30 June 2016
Author: Daniel Puddicombe
A third of business travellers have admitted they don't know what emergency number to use in case of accidents abroad, new research from Enterprise has revealed.
According to the research, one in four fleet drivers don't know what equipment they're required to keep in the vehicle when overseas either.
In addition, almost half (46%) don't know when they legally can and cannot use their horn and 31% are unclear about alcohol limits or if there is a ban on drinking and driving.
A fifth of business travelers also said they are not aware if speed limits are displayed in kilometers or miles per hour.
Of the 70% of business users who claim to prepare before driving abroad for work, half pack their sunglasses and around the same number check the internet for information on local driving rules and regulations.
"Business travellers tend to be very experienced at driving abroad and our research found less than one in five were driving abroad for the first time," said Rob Ingram, director of business rental for Europe at Enterprise Rent-A-Car "However, whether you're driving for the first or the hundredth time, it's vital to prepare for the drive, especially by checking on local driving rules."
"The research shows that some business travellers could make foreign driving trips safer by investing more time preparing for overseas driving - and decrease the likelihood of being penalised for falling foul of the local driving laws," he added. "While three quarters of drivers (79%) say they plan to travel abroad and hire a car, many take their own vehicle. Whichever option they choose, people need to make sure they're comfortable not just with the car they hire, but also with the traffic laws of their destination and its unfamiliar road markings and signs."