Advantages Good fun experience
Disadvantages Complicated driving system across Europe
[*UPDATED*]In the UK, the motorway speed limit of 70Mph is just right, considering the fact that if you were in Germany, the speed limit for the auto-ban (if this is the correct spelling) is 100Mph or more, a racer’s dream.
110 (90 when wet)
Driving Licences; Minimum Ages; Children and seat belts.
In all countries a full UK driving licence is required, where the minimum age for driving is 17. As in the UK, seat belts should be worn front and rear. Below are the regulations relating to countries, which differ from those in the UK.
France: The minimum age for driving is 18. Children under 10 are forbidden to travel in the front seat.
Germany: The minimum age for driving is 17. Children under 12, (or less than 1.50m in height), are not allowed to travel in the front seat without a child restraint in Germany.
Luxembourg: The minimum age is 18.
The Netherlands: The minimum age is 18. Children under 3 must travel in the rear seat with a safety system adapted to their size. Children between 3-12 may travel in the front if they are in a special safety seat.
Switzerland: The minimum age is 18. Children under 7 are forbidden to travel in the front seat without a child restraint.
Pay-as-you-go tolls are charged on most motorways in France, Spain, and Italy. Some examples for France are shown below. Tolls in Italy are roughly comparable for similar distances. Spain is about half as expensive. You can pay by credit card - you just hand over the card, nothing to sign and often no receipt unless you request one. On many motorways you can use the automatic booths if they display a Carte bleu sign - insert your card, wait for it to be returned and drive off. Otherwise make sure you have plenty of change available so you can use the automatic booths, although manual booths are always able to provide change.
Tolls are also charged in Switzerland and Austria for driving on the motorways. You buy a sticker at the border. In Switzerland this costs 40 Swiss Francs for the current year plus January in the next year, and in Austria 70 schillings for 1 week or 150 schillings for 2 months.
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