Driving in Italy
Road rules of Italy
We have put together some key Italian road rules to help awareness of different driving laws in foreign countries.
These rules are to be used as a guide, please be aware that rules are subject to change and are correct as of November 2012. Please ask your Avis representative if any queries arise.
Please ask your Avis representative about toll charges and road charges before leaving the Avis car hire location and whether snow tyres or chains are needed.
Take a look at our Italy location page for ideas, travelling tips and booking information.We also have Great Drives guides for Italy to help you make the most of your car hire experience.
Which Side of the Road?
In Italy, please drive on the RIGHT side of the road.
Unique Country Driving Laws
- Do not use horn in a built up area unless in danger.
- There are historical areas in which you cannot drive. Lookout for “Zona traffico limitato”
- Mobile phones may only be used with a headset or hands-free device.
For a standard Avis rental vehicle with no trailers:
- Urban areas: 31 mph (50 km/h)
- Rural areas: 55 mph (90 km/h)
- Dual Carriageways: 68mph ((110km/h)
- Motorways: 80mph (130km/h)
Unless indicated by road signs.
Child Safety / Seatbelt Laws
It is compulsory for all inside the vehicle to wear a seatbelt.
- Children under 3 or measuring less than 150cm must be seated in an appropriate child restraint for their size.
Please note - It is the child’s parent / guardian or vehicle renter’s responsibility to fit the child seat.
Compulsory Equipment in your Avis rental car
- Warning triangle
- Reflective jacket
Please ask your Avis representative, whether snow tyres are compulsory at the time of your arrival
- Fire Department
- European Emergency Number