European driving laws you may not be aware of

We recently explained the new Spanish driving laws which came into effect in May 2014, and below highlight a number of other motoring rulings across Europe you may not be aware of.

As of March 2012, drivers travelling through France are required to carry a breathalyzer. Although the €11 on-the-spot fine initially set for failure to comply has been postponed, we recommend 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.

In Russia, it's illegal to pick up hitchhikers. In fellow eastern region Serbia, the law requires drivers to carry a tow bar and three-metre rope at all times.
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.

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.