Driving rules for overseas

Plan ahead: While the basics like ensuring you know what side of the road to drive on are imperative, many European countries carry quirky road rules that are easy to miss.
Plan ahead: While the basics like ensuring you know what side of the road to drive on are imperative, many European countries carry quirky road rules that are easy to miss.

LACK of awareness of European road rules could land you in trouble with local authorities and void travel insurance cover.

For example, headlights are required to remain on both day and night in Sweden, Norway and Iceland.

Research from comparison site Mozo has found that Australians planning to drive during their next European holiday should study up on local road rules to avoid being caught on the wrong side of the law.

While packing, be sure to leave some room for a first aid kit, breathalyser and a hi-vis jacket.

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“It’s crucial you’re up to speed with local road rules,” Mozo director Kirsty Lamont said.

“You can unwittingly void travel insurance if you break local road rules, not to mention the risk of landing on the wrong side of the law or endangering lives.

“Pleading ignorance to local road rules will do little to help you so be sure to study up if you plan on driving while on holiday in Europe.”

Ms Lamont suggests people call their travel insurer and find out what their level of cover is for driving a car overseas.

“Understand exactly what your policy covers and be confident about what the local road rules are. Then you’re free to sit back and enjoy the roadside scenery.”

Rules

  • France: Drivers must carry breathalyser, reflective jacket, warning hazard triangle. Some parts have a clean-air policy where you must display an air quality sticker on your windscreen.
  • Germany: Drivers must carry a reflective jacket and warning hazard triangle. Some areas have a clean-air policy where you must display an air quality sticker on your windscreen.
  • Spain: Drivers must carry a reflective jacket and warning hazard triangle and a spare pair of driving glasses for the driver. Some one-way streets have the rule that you must park on the side of the road with even house numbers on even days, and vice versa on odd days of the month. Speed camera detectors are illegal.
  • Albania: You must carry a first aid kit and the maximum blood alcohol level is 0.01 per cent.
  • Denmark: Check for children under the car before driving.
  • Switzerland: No washing your car on Sundays.
  • Russia, Bulgaria, Belarus: Illegal to have a dirty car.
  • Scandinavia: Headlights must remain on, day and night.
  • Cyprus: You may not eat or drink anything while driving, including water.
  • Finland: The speed limit drops by 20kph in winter.
  • Czech Republic, Slovakia, Estonia, Hungary, Romania: Zero alcohol limit for all drivers.

Source: The Senior.