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UK drivers 'third safest in Europe'

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A new survey has found that drivers in the UK are the third safest in Europe, news that will interest car insurance companies.

According to poll by Goodyear Dunlop, Germany topped the list of countries with the safest drivers in the EU, with 18% of the vote.

Sweden came second with 9% of the 3,500 drivers surveyed nominating the country, followed by the UK with 6% of the vote.

The survey also found that drivers in the UK are more likely to require further knowledge about tyres and their role in road safety, compared with their counterparts in other EU countries.

Seven in 10 UK respondents (71%) admit to having difficulty in distinguishing between different types of tyres without assistance, while 62% are unable to tell if the tyres on their car are summer, winter or another type.

The survey also found that 42% have little or no knowledge about how different tyres increase or decrease your grip on the road.

While 59% of EU respondents said they regularly check their tyre pressure, half of them said they may go on a long journey without doing so. Over a third of respondents said they drive as normal on worn tyres.

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