Staying road legal in Europe: what you need to know


When we visit another country, we do our best to acclimatise, even if we’re only staying there for a week or two. We learn a little of the local language, use the local currency and try to work out how to get around. To do that we might need a hire car, but driving somewhere different will usually mean a whole new set of laws to memorise.

In Europe, some of the laws might seem pretty reasonable, whereas others could be interpreted as being more eccentric. As displayed in this infographic from Auto Web, failure to follow them could leave you with a nasty surprise in the form of a fine, which is the last thing you would want to receive while on holiday!

When in most European countries, remember to keep your seatbelt on at all times, bring a first aid kit and reflective jackets, because you can never be too sure when you might need to show them to police. Also, be aware of speed limits, which vary from country to country, so don’t drive too fast!


    As a visitor from Down Under ( Australia ) to Europe I am constantly challenged by the lack of speed signs entering built up areas.. I finally twigged to looking at my GPS that showed an indicated speed limit.. The only other reference was pulling away from the car behind or seeing the angry expression of the driver behind as he tail gated me for going too slow. In Germany the extremes are minimum 130 klm on autobahns to 30 klm zones.

    Not using indicators is another surprise in some European countries.( Maybe the drivers don’t want to wear out their bulbs ) I enjoy your video road tests that are informative and entertaining so keep up the good work.