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Two-Thirds of UK Drivers Confused by Basic Road Signs

Comstock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Most Americans would agree that folks in England drive on the wrong side of the road. While that's a matter of perspective, a new poll shows Yank drivers may be onto something about the driving abilities of their UK counterparts.

A new survey reveals that motorists in the U.K. really are at a loss when it comes to the rules of the road.  The Daily Mail reports a U.K. survey commissioned by Castrol finds two-thirds of motorists in Britain are totally confused by basic road signs on a daily basis.

The study also found that one in three British drivers get so confused by simple highway signs, they simply follow the car in front when they're not sure what to do.

One in 20 motorists surveyed even admitted that they “never” take notice of highway signs.  Three percent confessed that their confusion has led to them having a car accident.

When shown a “Give Way” sign -- the U.K.’s version of the United States' “Yield” sign -- 50 percent of respondents didn’t know what it meant and one in 20 believed it required them to roll down their window and listen for approaching cars.

One third of those polled said a sign that reads “No Motor Vehicles Allowed” meant the exact opposite that only cars and motorcycles were allowed.

And one in four Brits believe a sign that reads “End of 30mph Speed Limit” means they are not allowed to drop below 30mph.

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As Saudi Women Take the Wheel, US Takes a Backseat

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Women in Saudi Arabia are continuing their fight to drive, hitting the streets of Riyadh this week and asking family-friendly Subaru to boycott the Saudi market until the ban is lifted.

But in the months since this wave of the movement started, one of the world's leading advocates for women's rights, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, had been notably silent.  Clinton, who famously declared that women's rights are human rights back in 1995, has made promoting women and children the hallmark of her tenure as America's top diplomat.  And that is why her silence was all the more noticeable.

When asked Tuesday by a reporter why she had not spoken out, Clinton finally explained that it was important for the U.S. not to be seen as the promoters of the movement.

"This is not about the United States.  It is about the women of Saudi Arabia.  And what these women are doing is brave and what they are seeking is right.  But the effort belongs to them. I am moved by it and I support them, but I want to underscore the fact that this is not coming from outside of their country. This is the women themselves seeking to be recognized," she said.

Clinton's spokesperson, Victoria Nuland, told reporters earlier this week that Clinton had been following the issue closely but preferred to engage in "quiet diplomacy."  Last Friday, she phoned her Saudi counterpart, Prince Saud Al-Faisal, to discuss the matter, as well as regional issues.

Yet, Clinton didn't avoid the question entirely when pressed about her views on the matter.  She expressed her support for the movement, praising the "brave" women who dared take the wheel.

So what changed?

A group of Saudi women activists wrote Secretary Clinton a letter this week, urging her to defend their cause in public.  A senior State Department official says that Clinton read the letter and it encouraged her to say something in their defense when asked.

"There was a direct request in the letter for the Secretary to speak out," Nuland confirmed later on Tuesday. "She felt that it was timely and appropriate to speak out publicly even as we speak privately."

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Saudi Women Get Behind the Wheel in Protest of Driving Ban

FAYEZ NURELDINE / Getty Images(DUBAI, United Arab Emirates) -- Women in Saudi Arabia openly took a seat behind the wheel Friday in defiance of an official ban on female drivers. Participants say they want to claim the same rights as their male counterparts.

Activists have received inspiration through the "Women2Drive campaign," which was organized through Facebook and publicized on Twitter. Participants have been using the social networks to communicate with one another and to post pictures of themselves behind the wheel.

One Saudi woman, Maha Qahtani, drove in Riyadh Friday with her husband in the passenger seat. "Why no for us and yes for men," asked Qahtani. "It's my right, it's my right and I have to have it." Quhtani said police did not stop her while she drove. Authorities have, however, taken other female drivers into custody.

Such was the case with Manal Al Sharif, who posted a YouTube video of herself driving and was subsequently arrested and detained for more than a week.

The movement has sparked debate among Saudi rulers between reform and conservative values. Meanwhile, participants pledge to continue driving their cause forward until the male-only driving rule is reversed.  

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