Many women fear driving abroad, with nearly half saying they will never attempt it, according to a survey.

UK women are far more worried than men about getting behind the wheel overseas, with 73% never having done so and 47% ruling it out for ever, the poll from TravelSupermarket found.

Of the women who had driven abroad, 17% said it was more difficult than driving in the UK, compared with 9% of men. The survey of 2,002 adults also found that men were far more likely to cause damage to hire cars abroad or fall foul of foreign driving rules.

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Men were also keener than women to recommend continental driving to others and to pick racy cars to drive overseas.

Bob Atkinson, of TravelSupermarket, said: "Hiring a car is already a massively popular method of getting around when you're on holiday."