Driving Abroad? Know the Law!

As we enter the final throes of (the astronomical season of) summer, with the remnants of Tropical Storm Henri due to reach us this week, if you are planning that last minute holiday to the continent which will involve you driving abroad, do make sure you familiarise yourself with the local laws, some of which might surprise you. Aviva, one of our panel of motor insurers here at P F Spare Insurance Brokers, has listed its top five “Unexpected International Driving Laws” (and action you might like to think about taking) as follows:

  • Turn off satnav speed camera alerts in France: Devices capable of detecting speed cameras and warning drivers of their locations are illegal. Before driving in France you need to disable these alerts on your satnav. If you’re caught with a working device, or break any French driving laws, the French police can confiscate your license and impound your vehicle.
  • You need two pairs of glasses to drive in Spain: If you usually wear glasses or contact lenses to drive then make sure you have a spare pair with you in Spain. If you happen to be caught without then you could have to deal with a fine.
  • Keep your headlights on in Norway: It’s compulsory in Norway to keep your headlights on 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Even in the middle of summer, where the sun doesn’t set in some parts of the country, it’s a legal requirement to have them on.
  • Watch out for wildlife in Finland: There are a number of big animals that roam the countryside in Finland. Should you be unfortunate enough to have an accident involving a reindeer, elk or any other large animal it’s illegal not to report it to the police. Also avoid using your horn when driving in Finland as it’s illegal unless you’re in danger.
  • Extreme speed limits on the German motorway: The autobahn in Germany, the equivalent of our motorway, has lengthy sections with a 130 km-per-hour speed recommendation. This is still just a recommendation but bear in mind that it’s illegal to stop even if you run out of petrol on the motorway.
  • Please note that this list is not exhaustive and further information can be found on Aviva’s own website.

    In addition, do make sure you buy appropriate travel insurance. P F Spare is pleased to recommend Tokio Marine Kiln Limited Travel Insurance – which you can purchase through our dedicated travel insurance page.