Now that touring abroad is a possibility it might be good to brush up on the driving regulations in your chosen holiday destination. European road rules can differ to in the UK and drivers should get to know them.
There are numerous websites, including the ferry companies and Eurotunnel, the RAC, the AA, Greenflag, and the Government’s website on the necessities for driving in Europe, particularly at the end of the Brexit transition period.
A number of quirky little differences have been put together by car hire comparison site StressFreeCarRental.com that might be useful to keep in mind if you are crossing borders on your tour.
12 European road rules you need to know
Remove your headphones (France and Spain)
Drivers in France aren’t allowed to use their vehicle with any sort of headphones in, regardless of whether they’re connected to music or for phone calls.
Mind your manners (Cyprus and Germany)
British motorists who make a rude or offensive gesture towards another road user could be punished with a steep fine in both Cyprus and Germany, so calm any road rage.
Carry spare glasses (Portugal, Spain and Switzerland)
Brits planning to drive on the Iberian Peninsula or in the Swiss Alps are required by law to ensure they always have a spare pair of glasses in the car, if they require glasses whilst driving.
Reversing hazards (Slovenia)
Drivers who are reversing in Slovenia are legally required to put their hazard warning lights on, to keep the roads safe.
Get a permit (Italy)
Holidaymakers who wish to take their vehicle through some specific historical areas must acquire a special permit, according to Italian law.
Steer clear of snacks (Cyprus)
Cypriot road rules specifically prohibit drivers from eating or drinking anything while they’re behind the wheel.
Keep well fuelled (Germany and Portugal)
On autobahns – German motorways that often have no speed limits – it’s illegal to run out of fuel and the offence carries a heavy fine, whilst carrying cans of petrol in cars is banned in Portugal.
No driving off-road (Iceland)
To protect vulnerable plants and wildlife, Icelandic law prohibits driving beyond the boundary of a road unless there’s a specific parking area.
No smoking (Greece)
Tourists travelling in their own car or a rental during a Greek holiday should stub out their cigarette before starting the engine.
Carry rope (Serbia)
All drivers in Serbia are required to carry a tow bar and three metres of rope in their vehicle, in case of a breakdown.
Carry a breathalyser (France)
In France it’s the driver’s responsibility to carry a device that’s capable of checking their blood alcohol content, for safety purposes.
Engines off by the railway (Germany)
German law states that drivers must turn off their engines while queuing at a level crossing for a train to pass.
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