Do you know your Danish drivers from your Cypriot car users? Each country across Europe has some unique road rules that you should be aware of to ensure that you aren’t inadvertently breaking the law when traveling from A to B abroad.
Find out how clued up you are in the European road rules quiz put together by used van retailer Van Monster and discover just how knowledgeable you are about driving in nations from across the continent:
1- If you’re not a resident of Spain, how many red warning triangles must you carry in your vehicle?
2- What side of the road do you drive on when in Cyprus?
3- If a tram or bus stops in the middle of the road in the Netherlands to allow passengers on and off, what should you do?
a) Overtake the transport from the right, if it is safe to do so
b) Overtake the transport from the left, if it is safe to do so
4- In France, what does a yellow diamond sign with a black line running through it diagonally mean?
a) You are on a priority road
b) You have reached the end of a priority road
c) No yellow vehicles allowed
5- What are the rules regarding using a mobile phone when driving in Belgium?
a) You can use your mobile phone freely
b) You can’t use your mobile phone at all
c) You must only use your mobile phone through a hands-free system
6- Between which dates can you use spiked tyres on your vehicle in Denmark?
a) April 16th to October 31st
b) November 1st to April 15th
c) You can use them all year round
7- In Italy, what does a sign with the phrase ‘zona traffico limitato’ indicate?
a) That the area ahead is restricted to traffic
b) That the area ahead is open to traffic
c) That the area ahead is restricted to pedestrians
It is only compulsory for drivers not from Spain to carry one red warning triangle (residents must carry two). However, it is recommended that you carry two — one placed in front of the vehicle and the other behind it if you have an accident or suffer a breakdown.
Cyprus is just like the UK in that it requires motorists to drive on the left hand side of the road — the Republic of Ireland and Malta are the only other EU nations to drive on the left.
On a side note, be aware that trams have priority over other forms of transport across the Netherlands.
Whenever you see this sign, it means that you are on a road whereby you must yield at all subsequent intersections. Take note though that a yellow diamond sign without a black line means that you have right-of-way at all intersections.
You are at risk of a fine if you drive while using a mobile phone in Belgium, but this penalty doesn’t apply if you’re only accessing it through a hands-free system.
If you do use spiked tyres during this period, please be aware that they must be on all four wheels.
Zona Traffico Limitato is Italian for Limited Traffic Zones and is sometimes abbreviated to ZTL. You will often see them in historical areas across the country, with the purpose to reduce pollution and ease congestion around these often popular sites.
How did you get on? Share your score in the comments below and if you feel that you could top up your knowledge about road rules across Europe, check out these handy country-by-country guides by the AA and Avis.