Rules of the Road – Driving in Europe

August 29, 2017

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Making sure your car is ready for driving in continental Europe is an essential part of planning your trip. Different countries have different rules and regulations for driving, so it’s always worth checking out the specifics before you travel. To make sure you’re up to code, take a look at some of the rules for driving Europe below:

 

France

Legal driving age: 18

In France it’s compulsory to carry a warning triangle and reflective jackets in your vehicle for use in accidents or emergencies. It’s also compulsory to carry a breathalyser to test alcohol levels. The legal limit is 49 milligrams of alcohol per 100ml of blood. You’ll also need to carry snow chains if you’re in wintery conditions.

 

Germany

Legal driving age: 18

Winter tyres are compulsory in Germany during winter weather conditions, which includes snow, ice, and slush. Most UK cars have summer tyres, so check before you travel to Germany in the winter. You also have to drive with dipped headlights in fog or rain, but it’s recommended to always leave them on, as driving with just sidelights is illegal. Many of Germany’s motorways are famous for having no speed limits, but the recommended limit is 80mph, so always exercise caution on the autobahns.

 

Belgium

Legal driving age: 18

As in France, it’s compulsory to carry reflective jackets and a warning triangle in your vehicle when driving in Belgium. The jackets must be worn if you have to leave your car after a breakdown or accident on a busy road or motorway where you can’t normally park. It’s also a good idea to carry a first-aid kit and a fire extinguisher, as these are compulsory for Belgian-registered cars.

 

The Netherlands

Legal driving age: 18

Driving rules in the Netherlands are similar to those in the UK, but it’s recommended that drivers carry warning triangles and reflective jackets for emergencies. Naturally you’re highly likely to meet cyclists when driving through the Netherlands, so always keep an eye out and be cautious at junctions. Parking discs are used in cities and towns, and can usually be obtained from local shops.

 

Denmark

Legal driving age: 17

It’s compulsory to carry a red warning triangle in your car in Denmark. Reflective jackets, first-aid kits and fire extinguishers are also recommended. It’s obligatory to drive with dipped headlights during the day, whatever the time of year or weather.

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