The most important traffic rules abroad


The bizarre traffic rules abroad

The most important traffic rules abroad-rules

If you don’t want to experience any nasty surprises in the holiday country, you should find out about the local traffic regulations before driving

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Anyone traveling by car abroad is subject to local traffic law. The PS WELT explains what you should never do in Norway and where racers face the most blatant punishments.

D.he Germans love their cars, and the emissions scandals don’t change that. They also prefer to go on vacation by car. According to Statista, around 48 percent traveled by car or camper in 2017.

The streets often look very similar, but the regulations in the various countries differ greatly in some cases. The Germans, however, keep themselves very well armed for vacation trips.

Almost every second person (48 percent) believes, according to a representative study by the market research institute Innofact, that they know and master the traffic regulations beyond the German borders. However, the study also shows that there is a blatant discrepancy between self-assessment and reality.

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Accidents are always annoying. But especially on vacation – especially if you don’t speak the language and don’t know the country-specific rules

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As the respondents, for example, according to specific rules in Italy when asked, most revealed major knowledge gaps. The speed limit not even one in five (18 percent) knew about 110 km / h on Italian expressways. Almost one in three (28 percent) admitted that they had never heard of the speed limit. And more than half (54 percent) answered incorrectly.

It may be a truism: but ignorance does not protect against punishment. And neither is a lack of language skills.

New speed limit on country roads in France

Brand new (since July 1, 2018) is the speed limit on country roads in France. The speed limit was reduced from 90 to 80 km / h.

The speed limits for novice drivers in France are different from those for long-time drivers: in the first three years after obtaining your driver’s license, the speed limit is only 100 km / h instead of 110 km / h and on motorways only 110 km / h instead of 130 km / h. h allowed.

Where is lawn most expensive??

You should always have the speedometer needle in view, no matter in which country you are traveling. However, in some countries there are draconian penalties for speed drivers.

In Norway, for example, you have to dig deep into your pockets, if you exceed the maximum speed by about 20 km / h. There is a risk of fines starting at 375 euros. It is also expensive to exceed it in Italy (from 170 euros), in Switzerland (from 155 euros) and in Great Britain (from 115 euros). The ADAC offers a detailed catalog of fines and fines calculator for all European countries.

How much per mille are allowed?

The police have no mercy on alcoholic sinners. In most European countries, the alcohol limit is 0.5, including Italy, France, Austria and Switzerland.

The regulations are the strictest in the Czech Republic and Hungary, the 0.0 per mil limit applies here. Even with low alcohol consumption, fines from 100 euros in the Czech Republic and up to 970 euros in Hungary.

In particularly serious cases, the vehicle can even be confiscated in Italy. If the police catch a driver there with 1.5 per mille, the car or motorcycle can be confiscated and auctioned off – but only if the person responsible is also the owner of the vehicle.

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The procedure in Denmark is similar: if you are caught at the wheel with more than two per thousand, you lose your driver’s license and, under certain circumstances, the vehicle. That can be auctioned, the money flows into the state treasury. Incidentally, this also applies if the driver does not own the car.

Different countries, different traffic rules

Bosnia Herzegovina: Novice drivers under the age of 23 who have not had their driver’s license for more than a year must leave their car between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. For the drive home to the disco you either have to find more experienced friends or hold out until 5 a.m. It is important in Bosnia-Herzegovina also that there is always a tow rope and spare bulbs in the car.

Denmark: In Germany you learn in driving school that you should go around the car before you start to make sure that everything is in order. In Denmark one of the traffic obligations is to look under the car before driving. It could be that someone is lying underneath taking a nap.

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Smoking is prohibited while driving in Norway

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Greece: One likes to forget the time on vacation. When in Greece is on the way, you should at least always know the current date. Because the no-stopping signs with only one vertical line apply on odd days, those with two vertical lines on even days.

Norway: Smoking behind the wheel is now banned in many countries (including Great Britain, Ireland, Greece, Italy, France and Austria) – but this ban only applies if children or minors are in the car. Norway has been the country with the strictest anti-smoking regulations for several years now: Smoking in cars is prohibited in built-up areas – regardless of whether there are children on board.

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In many countries, automobile clubs recommend calling the police in the event of an accident. In Austria, however, you have to have one in such a case "Blue light tax" numbers

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Austria: In some countries, such as Estonia or Latvia, according to AvD Always notify the police in the event of an accident. In Austria it is different: If you call the police in the event of an accident with pure property damage, although everyone involved could have exchanged the necessary data with one another, the reporting person has to pay a "blue light tax", an accident reporting fee of 36 euros.

Slovenia: Who in Slovenia engages reverse gear, the hazard warning lights must be switched on. And if you forget to turn on the light (also compulsory during the day), you have to pay an impressive 125 euros.

Turkey: Who to Turkey enters, has to pay a fee (up to ten euros) for the disinfection of his car. This is to prevent foreigners from dragging pathogens into the country.

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17 thoughts on “The most important traffic rules abroad”

  1. For me, bizarre is my duty "light bulbs" to take with you if you can’t change them in the headlights without being a car mechanic and having to dismantle half the front section.

  2. I just recently saw a documentary about Poland. There was probably always a speed limit of 60 within built-up areas. Thanks to joining the EU, the speed had to be reduced to 50 km / h, which was very angry with the Poles. But so that the Polish soul finds its peace, it is still allowed to crash at 60 at night (23:00 – 05:00). Perhaps that explains a little bit the disturbed relationship between the Poles and the EU.
    Oh yes, by the way, all local vehicles must have a fire extinguisher, but this rule does not apply to foreign vehicles.

  3. It should be added that in the event of gross traffic violations, the vehicle can also be confiscated, during the day, as in all Eastern European countries, the light must be switched on and the alcohol limit is 0.2.

  4. Maybe another important point about Switzerland. Anyone who drives the indicated speed, e.g., 140 instead of 80, is considered a speeder. If this results in damage, the minimum sentence of 1 year imprisonment without parole is mandatory.

  5. Keeping 90 km / h on France’s country roads was a nerve-wracking undertaking in view of the need for trucks driving up close together – to play at 80 now would definitely overwhelm an average German nervous suit.

  6. Simply turn the inside mirror 90 degrees and the grille of the truck is gone.
    Also works great in Germany with jostlers.

  7. If you pass around 15 construction sites on the drive from Hamburg to Fussen, it is always only about 60 or 80 km / h and the width of the passing lane. However, if you come to Bavaria, you can find yourself in a construction site, in which staggered driving applies on the two lanes, of course a speed limit and also a no overtaking rule! If you don’t notice this combination until the second sign, you’ve already got a point and a fine. Bavaria is also part of the (transport-related) foreign country?

  8. The manure was also tried on the A61 in Rhineland-Palatinate a few years ago and found to be unsuitable. Bavaria is now experimenting with it on the A7. Obviously, every federal state has to make this experience anew.

  9. In the USA and partly in Canada, I think it’s a great idea, similar to the far too rare green arrow in Germany, to be able to turn right after a stop at a red light. A middle threading lane also makes sense, as does a 4-way stop, which would be set up faster than many expensive (small) roundabouts.

  10. Strange: when I entered Turkey by plane, I was not disinfected, but in Australia I was.


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