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Driving Abroad

Tips for Driving Abroad

Motoring regulations differ from country to country, so it’s important to know the local driving rules before you go - to avoid being caught out.

Basic requirements

Below is a list of the basic requirements for driving abroad, failure to meet these may result in a fine or even arrest.

Netherlands

Accessories Speed Limits Other
Warning triangle recommended (compulsory in accident/breakdown situation).
Built-up areas: 50km/h.
Outside built-up areas: 80km/h or 100km/h.
Motorways: 120km/h.
On the spot fines apply.
Alcohol limit: 50mg per 100ml of blood (lower for new drivers).

Denmark

Accessories Speed Limits Other
Warning triangle 
First aid kit (recommended)
Fire extinguisher (recommended)
Built-up areas: 50km/h
Outside built-up areas: 80-90km/h
Motorways: 110-130km/h
On-the-spot fines apply 
Dipped headlights are compulsory during the day
Alcohol limit: 50mg per 100ml of blood.

France

Accessories Speed Limits Other
Warning triangle
GB sticker required by law

Reflective vest

Breathalyser kit
Built-up areas: 50km/h 
Outside built-up areas: 90km/h. (80 when wet) 
Motorways: 130km/h
Under 10 s not allowed in front
Alcohol limit: 50mg per 100ml of blood.

Germany

Accessories Speed Limits Other
Warning triangle (compulsory in accident/breakdown situation)
First aid kit (recommended)
Replacement bulbs (recommended)
Built-up areas: 50km/h
Outside built-up areas: 100km/h
Motorways: recommended maximum of 130km/h; many also have posted speed limits
Speed limits differ in bad weather
Alcohol limit: 50mg per 100ml of blood

Norway

Accessories Speed Limits Other
Warning triangle
Reflective jacket (recommended)
First aid kit (recommended).
Fire extinguisher (recommended)
Spare bulbs (recommended)
Built-up areas: 50km/h
Outside built-up areas: 80km/h.
Motorways: 90-100km/h.
On the spot fines apply 
Dipped headlights compulsory during the day 
Alcohol limit: 20mg per 100ml of blood.