With such fantastically interlinked roads, driving is one of the easiest ways to make your way around Europe so you can see as much as you possibly can. However, the traffic rules differ dramatically from country to country. In order for you to safely travel the European highways and stay out of trouble with any authorities, I have compiled a few tips to remember whilst driving around this culturally rich continent.
1. Most Sat Navs brought on the continent can be used across all countries, making finding your way around much easier. However, in many countries the radar function in these devices is banned. This is the function that reads where speed cameras are and can locate points of interest. Whilst traveling in and out of different countries it’s much easier to keep this option switched off, drive carefully and keep to speed limits. Then there will be no need to worry about being caught out.
2. If you are choosing to complete all your journeys by car, Tilsun a group of personal vehicle leasing experts, tell us it may be more cost effective to lease a car instead of hire one. In fact any lease over seventeen days works out much cheaper than hiring a car from a city or an airport. This is a popular choice in France, where short term lease hire is extremely common.
3. Drink drive limits vary across the continent, but for the majority the limit is zero. As tempted as you are by delicious French wine, or famous German beer, if you are planning on drinking it is best to use taxis and public transport, as a night in a foreign police cell is not a desirable holiday experience. You can find taxis on the move across Europe, by using various phone and tablet apps, like taxi.eu that provide safe and cost effective taxis across the continent.
4. When driving in France, if someone flashes their headlights at you it is not a polite indication for you to go in front, as would be the signal in most countries. In fact it is much the opposite. French drivers flash their headlights as recognition that it is their right of way. Always leave plenty of distance between you and other cars, collisions are never fun and can be extremely dangerous, especially in a country where you can’t speak the language.
5. Many European countries require you to have your headlights switched on whenever your engine is running, this includes in the midday sun. No matter how ridiculous it sounds, it is so other drivers can distinguish between you and parked cars. Some countries carry a fine for not abiding by this rule, so if in doubt keep your headlights on.