The summer holidays are coming up and everyone is looking to get away for awhile, escape from everyday life and relax a bit. If you’re planning to travel with your car abroad, check out the different rules that apply in different countries so your holiday fun doesn’t get spoiled by a speeding ticket or a fine. Here are some traffic laws of some of the most popular holiday destinations from the UK so you can drive into your vacations without any worries.
If you go south of Great Britain you will inevitably end up driving on French roads. To avoid a speeding ticket, pay attention to your speedometer. In cities and villages the maximum speed allowed is 30 mph. Outsides of cities you can drive 70 mph and on motorways you can accelerate to 80 mph. However, be careful not to hit the pedal to the metal. Drivers that hold an EU driving licence and exceed the speed limit by more than 25 mph will have their licence confiscated on the spot by the police. In France, it’s compulsory to carry a warning triangle and reflective vests in the car. As of 1st July, drivers will also need to carry breathalysers with them. Fines for failing to have them onboard are only £8, though.
In Belgium drivers don’t need to carry a breathalyser but they will face high fines should they be caught behind the wheel under the influence of alcohol. The maximum permitted level of alcohol in the blood is 0.049 percent. If the alcohol level is between 0.05 and 0.08 percent the driver will be fined on the spot with £120 and banned from getting behind the wheel for three hours. Should there be more than 0.8 percent of alcohol in the bloodstream the driver will be fined with a whopping £450. So make sure to organize a taxi when you are having a few of the famous Belgian beers.
Although Germany is famous for its autobahn and reputation of unlimited maximum speed, you will still need to watch your speedometer. Only on a few motorways you can floor the gas pedal without any legal consequences – at least during the night. On most motorways, though, there is a speed limit of 80 mph. In cities and villages the maximum speed is 30 mph. Should you be caught speeding, you can be fined on the spot. Motorists can also be fined for using abusive language or making derogatory signs.
If you are going to Spain for your summer holidays, remember to pack a spare tyre, a reflective jacket and two warning triangles. These are compulsory equipment for all vehicles, including mobility cars, and failing to produce them on request may result in a fine. Motorists will also need to pay should they be caught touching or programming a device such as GPS systems while driving. All devices with a screen should be positioned in a place where the driver can’t see and get distracted by them. Also note that radar detectors are prohibited and the use of them can result in severe penalties.