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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.

Driving in Holland

Compulsory items

​'GB' sticker, unless the registration plates have the GB logo on them
​Registration and insurance documents
Crash helmets (motorcycles only)
​Headlight converters

Speed Limits

​Built up areas: 31mph or 50km/h
​Outside built up areas: 49mph or 80km/h
​Motorways: 80mph or 130km/h
There is a minimum speed limit of 37mph or 60km/h on motorways

Children

​Children under 1.35m in height can only travel in the front seats of a vehicle if they are using an approved child seat that is appropriate for their age and size
​Children under 3 years old are permitted to travel in the front seats if using a rear-facing child seat with the airbag deactivated. 

Warnings

​Busses, trams and bicycles usually have priority over cars As in the UK, wearing seatbelts is a legal requirement.
​In cases of illegal parking, a car may be towed or a fine issued Vehicles can be confiscated in cases of excessive speeding It is prohibited to drive with only sidelights at night
​Whilst not compulsory, it is recommended that you take a warning triangle

Driving in Denmark

Compulsory items

'​GB' sticker, unless the registration plates have the GB logo on them Registration and insurance documents
​Warning triangle (excludes motorcycles)
​Headlight converters
​Motorcyclists must wear a crash helmet with a strap

Speed Limits

​Built up areas: 31mph or 50km/h
​Outside built up areas: 49mph or 80km/h
​Motorways: 68mph (110km/h) or 80mph (130km/h)
​Copenhagen centre has a speed limit of 24mph or 40km/h

Children

​Children under three years, or over three years and less than 1.35m in height, must travel in an approved child seat that is appropriate for their age and size
​Children travelling in the front seats must do so in a rear facing seat, and the airbag must be deactivated

Warnings

It is recommended, but not compulsory, that drivers keep a first aid kit, reflective jacket and fire extinguisher inside the car
Motorists must always give way to cyclists
​As in the UK, wearing seatbelts is a legal requirement
​It is compulsory for dipped headlights to be used in daytime for both cars and motorcycles

Driving in France

Compulsory items

​Breathalyser kit
​'GB' sticker unless the registration plates have the GB logo on them
​Registration and insurance documents
​Warning triangle (excludes motorcycles)
​Reflective jacket / vest Headlight converters
​Motorcyclists must wear a crash helmet and use dipped headlights at all times

Speed Limits

​Built up areas: 31mph or 50km/h
​Outside built up areas: 55mph or 90km/h
​68mph or 110 km/h on urban motorways and dual carriageways that are separated by a central reservation
​Motorways: 80mph or 130km/h Speed limits on motorways in built-up areas may be reduced
​There is a minimum speed limit of 49mph or 80km/h on motorways

Children

​Children under 10 may not travel on the front seats of a vehicle, unless there are no rear seat belts, or the rear seats are already occupied by children under 10
​Children under 10 must travel in an approved child seat that is appropriate for their age and size

Warnings

​Any holder of an EU driving licence exceeding the speed limit by more than 40km/h will have their licence confiscated on the spot by police
As in the UK, wearing seatbelts is a legal requirement
​On the spot fines can be issued, and may be severe

Driving in Germany

​Compulsory items

​'GB' sticker, unless the registration plates have the GB logo on them
​Registration and insurance documents
​Crash helmets (motorcycles only)
​Headlight converters
​Motorcyclists must wear a crash helmet and use dipped headlights at all times

Speed limits

​Built up areas: 31mph or 50km/h
​Outside built up areas: 62mph or 100km/h
​Dual carriageways and motorways: 80mph or 130km/h
​There is a minimum speed limit of 37mph or 60km/h on motorways.
​When visibility is less than 50m, the maximum speed limit is 31 mph or 50km/h

Children

​Children under 12 and less than 1.5m in height can only travel in the front seats of a vehicle if they are using an approved child seat that is appropriate for their age and size
​It is prohibited for child seats to be used in the front seats if the airbag has not been deactivated.

Warnings​

​​It is recommended, but not compulsory, that drivers keep a first aid kit and warning triangle inside the car
​As in the UK, wearing seatbelts is a legal requirement
​It is compulsory for dipped headlights to be used in daytime in cases of in bad weather
​Motorists can be fined for such things as exceeding speed limits, using abusive language and making gestures or signs
​It is prohibited to drive with only sidelights at night

 

Driving in Norway

​Compulsory items

​'GB' sticker, unless the registration plates have the GB logo on them
​Registration and insurance documents
​Warning triangle (excludes motorcycles)
​Reflective jacket / vest
​Headlight converters
​Motorcyclists must wear a crash helmet

Speed limits

​Built up areas: 31mph or 50km/h
​Outside built up areas: 49mph or 80km/h
​Motorways: 62mph or 100km/h

​Children

​Children less than 1.35m in height can only travel in the front seats of a vehicle if they are using an approved child seat that is appropriate for their age and size
​Children travelling in the front seats must do so in a rear facing seat, and the airbag must be deactivated
​Children between 1.35m and 1.5m should use a booster seat with an adult seatbelt

warnings

​It is recommended, but not compulsory, that drivers keep a first aid kit and fire extinguisher inside the car
​Trams always have right of way
​As in the UK, wearing seatbelts is a legal requirement
​It is compulsory for dipped headlights to be used in daytime
​Snow tyres or chains are compulsory when roads have a covering of snow. You may be fined for driving with summer tyres in these conditions. The minimum tread depth for winter tyres is 3mm.

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