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Driving in Europe – Fun Facts!

Some interesting driving facts from around Europe

While updating our ‘Guide to Driving in Europe’ section we came across some facts that stood out as being fun, quirky or just plain ahead of the curve by Irish standards, a shortlist of which we’ve tabulated below.

Germany In Germany, motorists can be fined for using abusive language and making derogatory signs.
Portugal In Portugal it is illegal to carry bicycles on the back of a passenger car.
Romania In Romania it is against the law to drive a dirty car.
Russian Federation In the Russian Federation use of the horn in towns is prohibited and it is forbidden to pick up hitchhikers.
Switzerland In Switzerland it is against the law to pick up hitch hikers on motorways and semi-motorways.
Liechtenstein In Liechtenstein it is against the law to pick up hitch hikers on motorways and semi-motorways.
Slovakia In Slovakia it is forbidden for motorcyclists to smoke while riding their machine.
Slovenia In Slovenia the use of the horn is generally prohibited in the vicinity of hospitals.
Spain In Spain local authorities may impose a fine in the event of a breakdown for failure to display not one but two warning triangles.
Spain In March 2011, Spain reduced the speed limit on their motorways from 120km/ph to 110 km/ph in a bid to reduce fuel consumption following elevated fuel prices as a result of political unrest in areas of the Middle East.
Spain In Spain it is prohibited to touch or program a GPS device unless parked in a safe place.
Spain & Sweden In some Spanish and Swedish cities in one way streets, vehicles must be parked on the side of the road where houses bear uneven numbers on uneven days of the month, and on the side of even numbers on even days.
Sweden In Sweden, speed limits are no longer based on the type of road, but on the quality and safety of the actual road itself. Speed limits may subsequently vary along the same road. It is therefore recommended to pay particular attention to road signs.
Spain & Portugal If you live in Galicia and want to travel to Portugal, be prepared to pay the world's most expensive toll: 77 euros for a stretch of 76 kilometers of motorway.

If you’ve come across any other interesting driving rules and regulation during your travels around Europe we’d love to hear them.

We invite you to post them as a comment on the AA Ireland Blog or drop us an email at publicaffairs@aaireland.ie

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