Majority of British motorists making extremely dangerous mistake when driving abroad

BRITISH motorists are making a mistake when deriving abroad which could potentially have serious consequences and put road users at risk.

New research found that millions of British motorists driving abroad in the UK could be putting themselves at risk by making an error. Recent data from RAC Europe found that motorists driving abroad are failing to take regular breaks. Over a quarter of drivers (28 per cent) have admitted to driving for more than five hours in one go. Over half (58 per cent) stated that they have driven for four hours non-stop without a break.

The Highway Code recommends motorists should take a break after two hours or less of driving.

The data, however, reveals that nine in 10 drivers are ignoring this advice and driving for elongated periods of time without stopping.

Rule 91 of the Highway Code states that driver should “plan your journey to take sufficient breaks.

"A minimum break of at least 15 minutes after every two hours of driving is recommended.”

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Motorists risking dangerous situation by failing to take breaks abroad (Image: GETTY)

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Some drivers admit to not stopping for over five hours (Image: GETTY)

These rules do not govern motorists while driving in Europe but drivers are encouraged to take regular breaks to help prevent accidents as being tired behind the wheel can be extremely dangerous.

RAC Europe spokesman Rod Dennis said: "With long traffic jams inevitable, it’s vitally important UK drivers plan, but also pace their journeys.

“Worryingly, these new figures show just how few of us are prepared to do that.

"Perhaps it’s a desire to get to our holiday destinations as quickly as possible that means we continue to drive on, or maybe we’re not leaving ourselves enough time to reach the French ferry terminals on our journeys home – but whatever the reason, driving for so long in one go means we’re severely increasing the risk of causing a collision.

"Despite the ease at which modern vehicles allow us to clock up the miles (or kilometres) in relative comfort, it’s still the case that driving is an extremely demanding task – all the more so if you are getting used to foreign roads, and foreign drivers.

"So taking a proper break is essential – it doesn’t need to be a long one, but having a rest (even a short nap) and drinking two cups of caffeinated coffee as recommended in the Highway Code can keep you safe and alert."