Brits vote themselves best drivers in Europe

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British drivers have voted themselves the best drivers in Europe.

The Enterprise Rent-A-Car survey asked 1,000 British motorists about driving habits both here and abroad, with 65 per cent of those asked saying we have the best drivers in Europe.

German motorists were ranked second with 23 per cent, while our close neighbours Ireland were placed in third with five per cent of the votes.

In terms of the worst drivers, Italians garnered most of the votes, with 52 per cent, while French motorists were voted second worst with 18 per cent. Spanish drivers came third with 15 per cent.

The survey also unveiled some of British drivers' worst habits, with 15 per cent of the correspondents saying they had eaten a meal while driving. French and Spanish drivers enjoy a bite to eat behind the wheel much more, with more than 40 per cent of respondents from both countries saying they had food while driving (46 percent and 41 percent respectively).

A small sector of the responses, four per cent said they had been 'amorous' while driving, but this was less than their Spanish counterparts, with more than 20 per cent saying they had been 'amorous' behind the wheel.

Seven per cent of British female drivers admitted to applying make-up while driving and 13 per cent of men said they had read a paper map on the road.

Vice-president of Enterprise Rent-A-Car Ben Lawson told the Daily Mail: "Our experience with our customers shows that UK drivers are typically very careful.

"This new research suggests that, when stuck in a traffic jam or during a long drive, it can be tempting to multi-task or try to make the time go a little quicker by doing something else.

"However, it's crucial that drivers always give the road their full attention. So even if Britons have voted themselves as the best drivers, we can all benefit from reviewing our habits behind the wheel from time to time."

Written by Jack Healy