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6 road rules we should all adopt

6 road rules we should all adopt

As you travel around Europe you quickly realise driving regulations differ from one country to the next.

Some of these rules of the road can leave you scratching your head. For example, it’s illegal to honk your horn between 11pm and 7am in the UK. Who knows what you should do if you need your horn to prevent an accident? And it’s illegal to drive a dirty car in countries such as Bulgaria, Belarus and Russia.

But other rules make more sense and could be used to improve road safety across the continent.

Here are six driving regulations that could help protect drivers, pedestrians and the environment.

1 Constant headlights

In some Scandinavian countries, drivers must have their headlights on all the time when driving. This makes vehicles more visible and is particularly useful during the darker, damper winter months.

2 No stopping on motorways

On Germany’s autobahn it’s illegal for drivers to stop, even if a vehicle runs out of petrol (it’s viewed as driver negligence). With more vehicles on our roads, this would be a good rule to adopt in any country.

3 No eating behind the wheel

In Cyprus, it is illegal to eat whilst driving. Snacking behind the wheel is common in other parts of Europe, but it’s safer to have two hands on the wheel than one. In Cyprus, drivers are also required by law to keep their eyes on the road at all times to avoid unnecessary distractions. We’ve all seen drivers who could do with following that rule a little closer.

4 Cultural restriction zones

In Italy, motorists are not allowed to drive wherever they please. Specific historical sites require drivers have a special permit to use a vehicle there. If other countries followed suit, there would be less congestion around popular cultural sites, less noise and less air pollution in our cities.

5 Carry a breathalyser

French lawmakers have passed a regulation that requires motorists to carry a breathalyser in their vehicles at all times. This means drivers can check whether or not to get behind the wheel. Anything that reduces drink driving and saves lives gets a big thumbs up from me.

6 Reversing hazards

Drivers in Slovenia are required to use their hazards when reversing – something that could reduce the number of reversing accidents in other countries too.

Are there any driving laws you would like to see adopted by more countries?

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  1. Turning on a red traffic light as they do in America.

    • Not sure if true, but in France if it’s raining the motorway speed limit is reduced. ???

      • Yes. You are correct. The speed limit in dry, sunny, dry road surface is 130kms. In the rain, road with surface water, etc the speed limit is 110kms.

  2. Fact corrections.
    1. France introduced a law requiring motorists to carry 2 breathalysers in their car, but the law was abandoned within a couple of years as it was very silly and the manual gadgets didn’t work.
    2. French Motorway speeds limits reduce from 130kph to 110kph in rain.

  3. In the UK, you can only turn past a red light if there’s a separate green arrow pointing in the appropriate direction. This is more sensible than just ignoring a red light.


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