Hiring a car while on holidays gives you the freedom to explore the country at your own pace. But, did you know there are specific driving laws in different European countries? From speed limits in Germany to Sat Nav Regulations in France, we have compiled a list of what you can expect.
France: Remember to turn your satnav & speed camera alerts off.
Devices capable of detecting speed cameras and warning drivers of their locations are illegal. Before driving in France you need to disable these alerts on your satnav. If you’re caught with a working device, or break any French driving laws, the French police can confiscate your license and impound your vehicle.
Spain: A driver is required to have two pairs of glasses at all times while driving on Spanish Roads
It is compulsory in Spain to carry a spare pair of glasses while you are driving if you require glasses or contact lenses to drive. If you are caught driving without a spare pair, you may have to deal with a fine.
Finland: Watch out for Wildlife on Roads
Finland is renowned for the number of animals that roam the countryside such as reindeer, elk & other large animals. If you have the misfortune to have an accident involving one of these large animals, you must report it to the police. It is illegal to fail to report such accidents to the authorities. You should also avoid using your horn when driving on Finnish Roads. It is illegal to do so unless you are in danger.
Germany: Be aware of the extreme speed limits on German motorways
The autobahn in Germany, the equivalent of our motorway, has lengthy sections with a 130 km-per-hour speed recommendation. This is just a recommendation but bear in mind that it’s illegal to stop even if you run out of petrol on the motorway. So be sure to have a full tank of petrol before setting off on long journeys and do be conscious of the different speed limits so you’re not taken by surprise.
This information does not constitute legal advice and is provided for general information purposes only and is not intended to be relied upon. It is the individual’s responsibility to make themselves aware of any local driving laws and regulations. Aviva does not provide any representation, warranty or guarantee as to the accuracy or completeness of the information provided and accepts no liability under any heading from any loss or damage arising from any reliance thereon.