European Driving

Posted on July 20th, 2011 by James Luckhurst

European DrivingHolidaymakers planning road trips anywhere in Europe now have access to a huge database of information covering all aspects of driving in 27 different European countries. The information, researched by the European Traffic Police Network is displayed in attractively illustrated PDF documents that can be easily downloaded for safe keeping on journeys.

It’s no surprise that there is usually a fair amount of confusion connected with driving in Europe. After all, for a driver, there really is no such place as ‘Europe’. Each country has its own laws, and while many share similar speed limits, drink-drive sanctions and offence codes, there are still many regulations specific to a country – making it still vital for the visitor to know what to expect before embarking on a particular road journey. At GEM Motoring Assist, we supports the need for careful planning of any road journey in an unfamiliar country. It’s important to be aware of specific rules, and methods of enforcement, that inevitably differ from country to country. That’s why it makes sense, before any journey through Europe, to plan carefully in order to stay safe – and on the right side of the law.

Examples from TISPOL’s country driving guides include:

In Luxembourg, there are specific rules relating to how you affix a sat nav to your windscreen. Get it wrong and you could be fined on the spot.

Norway has some of the highest traffic fines in Europe. For example, a driver caught travelling at 20km/h over the speed limit can expect to pay a fine of around 650 euros.

In Slovakia, the maximum permitted blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is zero.

In Hungary, the limit is also zero and driving licences can be withdrawn by police officers on the spot. What’s more, a driver with a BAC of 80 faces nine penalty points, a substantial fine, a driving ban of up to 10 years and up to one year in prison.

Tispol European guides

Each country guide provides tips on particularly attractive places to visit, as well as roads worth avoiding during busy periods. Any specific winter driving regulations are listed where appropriate. There are also a few basic phrases in the local language and a list of emergency contact telephone numbers.

GEM understands that TISPOL will be carrying out regular updates to the guides. Each is marked with the date of the most recent update.