Driving in Europe. Tips for driving abroad.


Motoring rules, laws and regulations for the countries of Europe.

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Tips on driving abroad in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Switzerland.
Motoring rules and regulations in Europe.

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This page contains basic information on driving in Europe. Every country has different rules, laws and regulations, so click the country links below to find out all you need to know.

You should always tell your insurer when taking your car abroad. If you want to take a chance and not inform them make sure you read the small print. Some policies will offer a limited amount of time in Europe (normally up to 30 days), but many do not. Be aware that even those policies offering European cover normally only do so for countries in the EU. For countries outside the EU you will normally require a Green Card which many insurers no longer provide, so you might need to make a separate application to a specailist company. Finally, car insurance is not breakdown cover so make sure you are covered for this, although again you'll find that most providers will not cover you for non-EU countries.

Country Motorway Open Road Town Alcohol mg/ml
Driving in Austria 130 km/h 100 km/h 50 km/h 0.5
Driving in Belgium 120 km/h 90 km/h 50 km/h 0.5
Driving in Denmark 110 (some signed at 130 km/h) 80 km/h 50 km/h 0.5
Driving in France 130 km/h (110 when wet) 90 km/h 50 km/h 0.5
Driving in Germany none unless shown 100 km/h 50 km/h 0.5
Driving in Ireland 120 km/h 90 km/h 50 km/h 0.8
Driving in Italy 130 km/h 90 km/h 50 km/h 0.5
Driving in Luxembourg 120 km/h 90 km/h 60 km/h 0.8
Driving in Netherlands 120/100 km/h 80 km/h 50 km/h 0.5
Driving in Norway 90 km/h 80 km/h 50 km/h 0.1
Driving in Portugal 120 km/h 90 - 100 km/h 50 km/h 0.5
Driving in Poland 140 km/h 100 km/h 50 km/h 0.5
Driving in Spain 120 km/h 100 km/h 50 km/h 0.5 (0.1 for new drivers)
Driving in Switzerland 120 km/h 80 km/h 50 km/h 0.5
Driving in United Kingdom 110 km/h (70 mph) 102 km/h (60 mph) 50 km/h (30 mph) 0.8

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All information on this page is provided as a service to our clients. It is intended as a guide to the more important rules for the different countries to which we offer driving holidays. It is not meant to be a comprehensive document. We try and keep the information on this page up-to-date, but we cannot be held responsible in any way for any consequences arising from any inaccuracies. If you find a mistake or would like to send us some additional information, please email us. Your co-operation is appreciated.

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