Planning on a little trip on the continent? Before you set out, it pays to know the local rules and regulations, as each European country has its own speed limits and alcohol restrictions.
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Use this guide to find out a country’s speed limit, drinking limit, and other traveller essentials behind the wheel.
Top speed limits in many European countries average 130 kilometres per hour. But the legal speed changes depending on what kind of road you’re on, how many lanes, and other environmental variables.
Designated speed limits by country and environment (in km/hour)
90/110 (depending on environment)
50/30 (depending on environment)
70/50/30 (depending on environment)
90/100 (depending on environment)
97/112 (depending on environment)
32/48 (depending on environment)
*Speed limits for various countries according to the European Commission
It’s never alright to drink and drive, but the UK’s 0.8 blood alcohol limit is relatively high compared to other countries around the continent. In other places it’s as low as 0.2.
Drink Driving Legal Limits Around Europe
Standard blood alcohol content legal limit (mg/mL)
As of 1 July, 2012, all Brits driving through France are required to carry a portable breathalyser, but that’s not all they’ll have to carry. Some countries require vehicles to carry a variety of safety equipment as well.
Required Safety Equipment for Cars
Many countries in Europe also require drivers to run their lights during daylight hours for safety. Don’t get caught in the dark!
Countries that mandate daytime running lights
Source: European Commission
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