Driving Advice Austria

Driving Advice AustriaGoing to Austria this summer? Here are som good advices for driving in Austria, that will keep you prepared and safe on your journey. General driving advice and special equipment for driving legaly in Austria. Use this as a checklist before you go to avoid any problems.


General driving advice Austria:
– A valid full driving licence. The original vehicle registration document and Your passport
– Make sure you have European breakdown cover.
– 112 is the emergency number across Europe.
– Don’t use a hand held mobile while driving.
– If you wear glasses, take a spare pair.
– It is recommended that you have a reflective jacket in the car – they are compulsory in many European countries.
– Speed camera / radar detection systems are illegal in most European countries. Come countries have also banned the use of sat navs which detect fixed speed cameras so ensure this is deactivated.
– Plan your journey
– There is only one safe rule when it comes to drinking and driving; if you drink, don’t drive.

Check your Car before taking of to Austria:
Service your car before you go to avoid expensive and frustrating breakdowns while away. Check the tread for wear – the legal limit in the summer for car tyres across Europe is 1.6mm but we recommend a minimum of 3mm as tyres wear quickly after 3mm. Check the tyre pressure – remember to check them when cold. Check tyres for any damage and replace them if you need to. Think about taking a puncture repair kit to get you on the road again without having to change a tyre, until you are able to get to a garage for a replacement.

Driving Advice Austria

– It is compulsory to have third party motor insurance.
– Speed limits: In built-up areas 31 mph (50 km/h) – a number of towns have a general speed limit of 18 mph (30km/h)Outside built-up areas: 62 mph (100km/h)Motorways: up to 80 mph (130 km/h)A number of towns have a general speed limit of 18 mph (30km/h)Children under 14 and less than 1.50 metres in height need a suitable restraint system for their height / weight.
– Warning triangleFirst aid kit
– All vehicles using Austrian motorways and expressways must display motorway tax sticker (vignette). These can be bought at some petrol stations located close to the border in neighbouring countries and in Austria: at the frontier, at petrol stations, post offices or in ÖAMTC offices. You will be fined a minimum of €120 for driving without a vignette.
– When a school bus has stopped to let children on and off, drivers travelling in the same direction are not permitted to overtake.
– Radar detectors are prohibited
– Use of horns is banned in Vienna and outside hospitals

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