2017年08月23日

Speed limits abroad and mandatory equipment of the car

Due to the Vienna Convention, when traveling by car, we should not be punished abroad for improper car safety equipment. However, it is worth knowing what you should have in your vehicle when you are traveling, so that the police cannot be attached to us. Also note the differences in speed limits. It turns out that outside of Germany, we only legally ride 140 km / h on the motorway, while in Austria on a regular road outside the built-up area we can accelerate to 100 km / h.

According to the Vienna Convention on Road Traffic of November 8, 1968, the police have no right to penalize a foreign driver for missing elements required in the country of origin of the police arresting him if his equipment conforms to the requirements of his home country. We are not always able to explain this to the police, so it is important to familiarize yourself with the regulations in other European countries. Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing your car for vacation abroad.

Previously, however, let's remember what we should have in a car in Poland. Mandatory equipment includes an approved warning triangle and a fire extinguisher with a valid expiry date. Reflective safety vest or first aid kit belongs to the recommended, not compulsory, car accessories. However, it must be borne in mind that since August 31, 2014, wearing a reflective vest when traveling on the road after dusk outside a built-up area where there is no sidewalk is compulsory. The maximum mandate for non-compliance with this order is 500 zlotys. Recommended items include such obvious things as a spare or an access wheel, a wrench and a lever.
Mandatory car equipment abroad

One of the most popular vacation destinations of Poles, where we choose our own car is Croatia. We must travel at least 1000 km and travel to at least 5 countries (with the target country). In Croatia it is mandatory to have a medical kit, a set of light bulbs and a reflective vest in the car. One of the most rigorous in this respect is Slovakia. There is not only a first aid kit, a waistcoat or a warning triangle. We also need to have bulbs, fuses, tow ropes, lifts, spare wheels, hoists and a wheel spanner. There is no obligation to own a fire extinguisher.

Coming to Germany we must have a reflective vest, a rubber gloves and a triangle. The same elements should be possessed by going to France. It is worth mentioning that there is no longer a mandatory obligation to have a mouth-watering device in France. This provision was in force only in 2012. In Italy, mandatory equipment includes a reflective vest and a warning triangle.

What about the obligation to drive at traffic lights? It is good to know that many countries have withdrawn from this duty and that driving around the clock with dipped or daylight (daytime) lights are only recommended. Yes in France, Holland, Germany, Austria.

In the case of foreign trips, it is impossible not to mention speed limits in other countries. When going on vacation we mainly use the motorways. The most important thing to know is that the permitted speed of 140 km / h on the motorway is only in Poland. In Germany there are no speed limits on the motorways, unless the signs indicate otherwise, and most other countries have a limit of 130 km / h. This applies to Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, France, Italy and the Netherlands. In Belgium the maximum speed on the highway is 120 km / h.
  


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