Driving in Europe
Hitting the road on holiday
A guide to driving around Europe
Planning to hit the road on your holidays this year? Depending on which European country you’re driving in, the rules and regulations of the road can vary. Use this guide to find out a country’s speed limit, drinking limit and other traveller essentials.
Mind your speed
Top speed limits in many European countries average at 81 mph. But the legal speed limit changes depending on what kind of road you’re on, how many lanes, and other environmental variables.
Know your limits
The UK’s drink-drive limit is 80 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood, which is relatively high compared to other countries in Europe. In some places it’s as low as 20mg. Many of these limits are conditional and in countries like the Czech Republic there’s a zero tolerance policy.
Take necessary cargo
Everyone driving through France is required to carry a portable breathalyser, but that’s not all they’ll have to carry. Some countries require drivers to carry a variety of safety equipment as well.
Run the lights
Many countries in Europe also require drivers to run their lights during the daylight hours. Don’t get caught in the dark!