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Europe’s roads are still over cluttered with road signs: causing confusion among drivers


28 Oct 2008


Sustainable Dev.

EuroTest’s latest survey reveals that 61% of the drivers surveyed consider the presence of too many signs as well as misplaced signs to be the main reasons why European drivers get lost when driving in unknown environments and areas.

The different phases of the road signs survey, in which 16000 drivers took part, were conducted during June and July 2008 with the aim of finding out how satisfied drivers are with directional signing in Europe and what requirements signposts should meet. Telephone interviews and internet based questionnaires were used to gather drivers’ views for this EuroTest. Telephone interviewees were asked to give answers in response to a range of described scenarios. Respondents to the online survey commented on various topics aided by the provision of photos and pictograms.  Interviews were conducted in Austria, Belgium, Croatia, France, Finland, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK. ADAC and RACC, the German and Catalonian motoring clubs developed the methodology with the support of the EuroTest partners.