European Driving Laws


Driving is a great way to explore a country you’re visiting. Going off the beaten track and discovering a hidden gem not in the guide book is one of the great joys of travel. That unrivalled feeling of freedom to go where you want, when you want. And in Europe we are spoilt for choice of places to go.

Of course, if you do decide to rent an automobile whilst travelling, then you’ll need to adhere to the appropriate laws of the country you’re in. Navigating the roads and highways in Europe can be challenging enough, without factoring in the varying rules and regulations which must be followed. There is much more to it than just driving on the opposite side of the road.

It’s vital that you take time to familiarize yourself with Europe’s rules of the road, otherwise you risk a financial penalty, driving ban or worse., a leading provider of car hire excess insurance, have produced an interactive infographic to help you familiarize yourself with some of the most important driving laws in Europe.

Hover over each country in the map below to find out the essential driving laws to help you avoid any nasty surprises.

Please note: Whilst every effort has been made to make sure the information on this page is correct, the article is intended only to give a broad overview and its advisable that you seek detailed and up-to-date information from an official source before travelling.

The stated amount of alcohol permitted is measured by blood.

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