Driving abroad this summer? Keep your headlights on, take an extra pair of specs and make sure you check for people under the car...
Avis urges Brits hiring cars this summer to swot up on the more unusual driving rules
For the 100,000 Brits hiring a car abroad this summer, there will no doubt have been extensive preparation, seeking out the best places to visit during the great escape. But according to leading car rental company Avis UK, motorists also need to swot up on the more unusual overseas driving regulations that exist before they take to the open road.
For the thousands of Brits planning a Mediterranean escape over the next few weeks, it’s in fact a recommended requirement to carry an extra pair of specs when driving in sunny Spain. And, if you’re heading to Italy don’t make the assumption that headlights are only for night time driving; it’s compulsory to have them on at all times outside of built up areas.
If all that sunshine is making you thirsty and you happen to be behind the wheel in Cyprus, make sure you pull over before taking a sip of water, as drinking anything whilst on the move is prohibited. In Greece it’s also a good idea to note parking times before leaving your car for a spot of shopping – you may come back to more than just a ticket with police confiscating the number plates of illegally parked vehicles.
Planning a holiday further afield to Romania or Russia? Better get shining those hub caps, as a clean car isn’t just about keeping up appearances - it’s actually against the law to drive a dirty vehicle in these countries. Before you turn the ignition key in Denmark,, make sure you check for people under the car – a legal requirement alongside checking the brakes, lights, steering and horn before you drive.