The summer holidays are here and with that means the possibility of hiring your very own car or motorcycle to sightsee with the family. In spite of what you may already know about driving in the UK, every country has their own driving rules.
Jennings Motor Group understands it can be overwhelming travelling around an unknown country, so has created this infographic to help ensure you’re safe and in the know. Particularly with the recent goings on in the world, it can often feel like you’re caught up in a whole heap of trouble if you’re in unfamiliar territory.
Did you know:
- In Spain, if you wear glasses, you’re required to carry a spare pair in your car
- You’re legally required to have your headlights on, even in broad daylight in Scandinavia
- In Cyprus, it is against the law to drive water behind the wheel
- It is forbidden to pick up hitchhikers in Russia
To ensure you keep yourself out of trouble on road, remember to convert the speed limits to KPH:
30 MPH – 48.3KPH
40 MPH – 64.4KPH
50 MPH – 80.5KPH
60 MPH – 96.6KPH
70 MPH – 112.7KPH
When you’re driving around Europe, you’ll need your GB or N.I licence and don’t forget to grab yourself an EU symbol sticker if this isn’t displayed on your number plate. If you’re looking to rent a car abroad, make sure you have your licence as many rental places will ask for the check code – you have find it here!
Be sure to educate yourself on Europe’s most dangerous roads, should you come across them!
>Trollstigen (Norway) – This long and windy road is closes in October and opens again in May. Any vehicle longer than 12.4m long is forbidden to drive down the roads. It is a big contributor to the country’s 208 annual road deaths.
>Stelvio (Italy) – Home to 48 hairpin bends, the 21.4km road is open from June to September and originally built between 1820-1825. Italy has one of the highest road death tolls in Europe (6.1 per 100,000) – this road is the 10 th most dangerous road in the world.
>Atlantic Ocean Road (Norway) – Home to 8 bridges (length in total 891m), but the construction right on the sea often means crashing waves right onto the road, which means you’re advised to avoid during extremely unpredictable weather conditions (Winds exceed 30MPH on the bridges). 8274m in length, 6.5m in width.
>Kolyma Highway (Russia) – Majority of the road is unpaved, and is most dangerous during winter (10 months long) due to snow, ice and lack of visibility. During summer, the mud becomes a force to be reckoned with, causing extreme traffic jams. Nicknamed the ‘Road of Bones’ due to its construction by thousands of political prisoners in the Stalin era from the 1930’s-50’s – many were shot for not working hard enough/died in the extreme weather and buried beneath the road.
>Grimsel Pass (Switzerland) – One of the highest mountain passes of the Alps, the road is closed between October and May due to snowfall. It is also home to several tunnels that are positioned the length of the road and generally traffic free.
>La Rioja (Spain) houses the most hazardous roads on the continent – For every 1000 people, 20 were injured in the area in 2012.
It may seem overwhelming trying to pick up new rules, however for your safety, it’s important to try and follow these as carefully as possible. Take a look at this infographic to grab more information on the rules of the road around Europe.