European driving laws you may not be aware of

If you’re heading on a road trip throughout Europe, take a look at our round up of unusual driving laws from across the continent.

With so many different cultures, settings and experiences on our doorstep throughout Europe, many of us enjoy a road trip around the continent to discover more. Regular customs such as driving on the right and displaying a GB sticker are well known but if you’re thinking of heading out on the open road, you may want to take a look at some more unusual European driving laws that you may not be aware of. 

As of March 2012, drivers travelling through France are required to carry a breathalyser. Although the €11 on-the-spot fine initially set for failure to comply has been postponed, we recommend still carrying one to avoid any disruption to your journey and ensure you're safe to drive.

In Germany, it's illegal to drive without winter tyres at certain times of the year. This protects you and all road users, and is especially important considering the country's notorious high-speed roads.

Scandinavia faces long periods of low-light even during the day at certain times of the year, and it's therefore a requirement to drive with headlights on at all times, even in daylight.

When in Spain, remember to carry an additional pair of glasses if you wear them when driving, and if in Belarus, keep your car clean, as it's illegal to drive a dirty vehicle.

In Portugal, it’s illegal to carry bicycles on the back of your car and in Cyprus it’s illegal to eat or drink in the car.

It's important to do your research before travelling abroad by road, to ensure you stay on the right side of the law and, crucially, remain safe. Contact your local Lookers dealership for more helpful driving tips alongside vehicle purchasing and aftersales.

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