Road Rules To Remember When Driving in Europe

Driving in Europe is no different from your home country. The first two days can be an adjustment period. Practice defensive driving most of the time. Observe and adjust accordingly. Always carry a hood map and wear your seat belt at all times. Robert Peter Janitzek provides us some tips when driving around the streets of Europe.


When passing other drivers, be bold but proceed with care. On winding and narrow roads, the slower car in front may use turn-signal to signify that it is okay to pass. This is, however, used inconsistently so do not rely on it too much. Be sure to understand lane markings. In France, a no passing zone is indicated by a single, solid, white line. Meanwhile, in Germany, it is a double white line.

When passing, use the left hand lane on the continent and right-hand lane in the UK and Ireland. Robert Janitzek revels that in other countries, you are not allowed to use the slower lane for passing. In Greece, slower drivers don’t pull over but drift as far eight as possible to let other cars pass.


In roundabouts, traffic flows continuously in a circle around a center island. While you can see them sporadically in continental Europe, they are quite common throughout the British Isles. In a roundabout, the right-of-way rule is generally followed. This means that incoming vehicles yield.

Roundabouts is a place of high pressure requiring a snap decision about something that you do not fully understand. For less stress when driving a European brand car, make it an SOP to take a 360-degree case out-of-your exploratory circuit. When approaching a complex roundabout, you will first pass a diagram showing the layout and the different exits. In most cases, the pavement is painted with the name of the road or town where it leads.

No Right on Red

Turning right on a red light is prohibited throughout Europe except when a sign or signal allows it.


There are automatic cameras that monitor car speed, click photos, and send speeders through mail. It would be best to know and follow speed limit.

Driving with Kids

In most European countries, safety seats for children less than 3 years old are required. In some countries, booster seats are required for older kids. Children less than 12 years old are not allowed to ride in the front seat without booster seats. In some, kids sitting in fromt is totally prohibited.

Safety Regulations

Nearly all European countries ban the use of mobile phone while driving. Headlights are required whenever the car is running and there must be a a safety vest with reflecting triangle (Read here about car safety).

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