The road safety and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist is encouraging holidaymakers to ensure they are aware of speed and alcohol limits and other driving regulations before embarking on an overseas holiday this summer.
Neil Worth, GEM’s road safety officer, said: “It pays to do some research before you go, whether you’re driving your own car or renting a vehicle once you get there.
“Familiarise yourself with motorway speed limits and remember that foreign drivers are subject to the same traffic rules as residents, often enforceable by hefty on-the-spot fines.”
Across Europe, with the exception of Malta, drink-drive limits are lower than in England and Wales. Many countries have a standard limit of 0.05% (the limit in England and Wales is 0.08%), though in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia the limit is zero.
Neil Worth said: “Although you can legally drive in England and Wales at the alcohol limit of 0.08%, doing the same thing in Hungary or Norway could put you in prison.
“There is no reliable way to calculate how much alcohol you can drink and stay below the limit, but you have nothing to fear if you steer clear of alcohol before driving.
“A bit of research and sensible journey planning will help ensure you don’t feel the need to speed or to drive after drinking alcohol – so you’ll be staying legal and reducing risk on holiday.”
Click here for a comprehensive database of driving requirements in European countries.