German drivers do poorly in pan-Europe quiz

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27 October 2005, MUNICH - A quiz conducted on drivers in 12 European nations by motoring clubs showed Thursday that most had only a vague notion of key parts of the road code including the drink-drive rules.

27 October 2005

MUNICH - A quiz conducted on drivers in 12 European nations by motoring clubs showed Thursday that most had only a vague notion of key parts of the road code including the drink-drive rules.

Germany's ADAC motorist organization said in Munich that not one of the 2,800 drivers tested had got all the answers right, and the overall European score of right answers was an "appalling" 54 per cent.

"It's amazing in comparison to their self-esteem: 94 per cent of them told us they were 'good' or 'very good' drivers," said ADAC expert Robert Sauter in Munich.

Fewer than 1 in 10 motorists knew the safety procedure when a car breaks down on a superhighway.

The correct answer was: switch on the vehicle's hazard warning lights, place a warning triangle at least 100 metres behind the car and make occupants wait in a safe place such as behind a safety barrier.

Practical questions included in the tests included how much air to put in tyres and how to reduce fuel consumption.

Overall, Austrian motorists were the top scorers, with 64.4 per cent of answers correct, followed by the Germans (61.5 per cent) and Portuguese (58.9 per cent). Slovenia scored worst at only 43.4 per cent after Spain (47.2 per cent) and Britain (49.2 per cent).

The different motoring organizations adapted the tests to local rules in each nation such as different drink-drive limits. A quarter of Germans did not know how much alcohol in their body would make driving illegal (answer: 0.5 grams of alcohol per litre of blood.)

DPA

Subject: German news

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