The summer holidays are just a few months away, which means that many Brits are starting to think about going on a car journey across Europe. However, even though it is common knowledge that there are different driving rules on the continent (driving on the right-hand side of the road being the main one!) there are a few that seem to be less well-known. This is why This is Money has recently published an article explaining some of the driving rules that could land you in trouble while in Europe, such as in Vienna you could get in a lot of trouble for honking your horn near a hospital.
Other peculiar rules include not being allowed to overtake a school bus when it has its hazard lights on in Germany, having to keep a shovel in your car during winter in Croatia and only being allowed to park on the left in one-way streets in Bulgaria. However, there are some rules that do make some sense, such as in Spain drivers that need to wear glasses must have a spare pair in their car at all times, and in Germany you can be fined for using abusive language or making derogatory signs.
If you are planning on driving across Europe this summer you will also need to look up the rules concerning children and alcohol blood limits, as most countries have a very specific set of rules. For example, in France children under ten and children less than 1.5 metres tall must sit in an approved child seat or restraint system, while in Spain the same rules apply to children under twelve and those that are less than 1.35 metres tall.
When it comes to alcohol you need to be extremely careful as you could find yourself over the legal limit without knowing, especially as in many European countries the legal limit is just 50mg per 100ml, while in England its 80mg. In France you are also required to carry a personal breathalyser at all times, which you can now find in most shops in France as well as a few in the UK.
Making sure you research the driving rules for each European country you plan to visit will ensure that you don’t encounter any nasty surprises, and it also means that your car insurance policy won’t become void without you knowing. Remember, if you’re not sure then check online or as your local travel agent, it’s better to be safe than sorry!