UK drivers ‘at more risk abroad’

People from the UK taking to roads in Europe are having more accidents, according to a road safety group.

Gem Motoring Assist claims that British motorists were involved in over 5,000 collisions on highways on the continent last year.

The firm is now urging drivers to pick up a copy of its booklet A Guide to Driving in Europe as travelling across the border is becoming "a year round activity for many".

David Williams, chief executive at Gem, states that UK motorists on the continent simply might not know about highways rules abroad.

He said: "There are 45 major differences in the road laws between member states in the EU and people are just not aware of them."

Meanwhile, new rules announced today by the Crown Prosecution Service mean that motorists caught using a mobile phone behind the wheel can face up to two years in prison.

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