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Updated : 25/06/2014


Road safety

Road safety and traffic rules differ within the EU. Find out what the various country-specific rules are. For example:

  • Seat belts must be worn in all vehicles including tourist coaches and minibuses in all EU countries;
  • Children must have appropriate child restraints in cars/lorries and, where possible in other vehicles;
  • Using a mobile phone without a hands-free set while driving is forbidden in most EU countries;
  • The maximum permitted blood alcohol level varies: some countries do not allow any alcohol in the blood while driving;
  • Different speed limits apply to different types of roads and vehicles;
  • Different safety equipment is required both in cars and for cyclists;
  • In some countries, the use of daytime running lights and/or winter tyres is mandatory;
  • Remember to drive on the left side of the road in Cyprus, Ireland, Malta and the United Kingdom.

Download the "Going Abroad" app and get important road safety information for all EU countries wherever you are.

Make sure that you have valid and adequate insurance cover which extends to travelling in other EU countries.

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