Traffic laws in Europe

Who has not dreamed of meeting some countries around the world? For those who plan to visit Europe, where some countries are really close, just rent a car and take a self drive tour to realize your dream!

But did you know that some of the traffic laws of the European countries are different from those in your home country if not Europe, say – Uganda?

How to get the international license?

The international license is nothing more than a license to drive in other countries, similar to CNH – National Driving License – mandatory in your home country. The PID – International Driving Permit – can be made at the DMV of your city. But first we have to make the online request at the institution of your state site. Print two copies of the application for the PID, make a copy of your driver’s license, noting that it has to be valid for the period of your trip, and pay the shipping fee.

With documents, two copies of the request, a copy of CNH and the fee payment receipt, go to the DMV and make the request. It is necessary, however, that you inform the agency of their status, since there may be variations in the rules to apply for and acquire your international license.

Legislation in Europe

With the PID in hand, it’s time to venture out. Before renting a car and hit the road in other countries, learn about traffic laws, as there are some peculiarities in each country. Always be aware of speed limits, but do not walk very slowly, because in some places you can be fined for it. For convenience, we separate some tips for you to drive smoothly in some European countries and enjoy your trip.


In Germany, some of the road signs are very different from what we are accustomed. In addition, traffic rules are strictly controlled, so it is always very attentive to signs and signals, and especially the speed limits. In your country for instance (if not Germany), the use of seat belts is mandatory, just as the use of special seats for children. Driving and drinking, do not even talk! Does not match! And in addition to taking risks in Germany this attitude can provide huge fines. Foreigners, when fined, must make payment on time, so always have money in your pocket.


In addition to the classical laws that tell us to respect the speed limits, wear seat belts, seat for children and not drive drunk, for example, Spain applies some different legislation. Did you know that if you are doing a sunny day you are required to drive wearing sunglasses? In addition, the country’s legislation to support the use of lit car lights whenever you drive, not just overnight.

United Kingdom Vs Brazil

Have you ever heard of a street in your city where traffic obeys the “English Hand”? The streets that are carried by the left hand, unlike the standard of Brazil, are called so because the countries of the UK, England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, use this standard. Additionally, cars are also different, with the wheels located where our passengers seated. Instead of using the right hand to change the march, as we do here in the UK uses up the left, as well as other basic commands. Unlike Brazil, if you enter a roundabout, or roudabouts, as they are called there, you need to give way to those coming. Another difference is that the left lane in these countries is always slower, and the right is for higher speeds.


If you plan to visit Portugal, renting a car can be an excellent option to have more comfort. Traffic laws are quite similar to those of Brazil, being of utmost importance, as well as in other countries, always follow the signs. Brazilians can drive in Portugal for six months from the date of your arrival. After this period, it is necessary that you have the resident card. To transit through Portugal by car, always carry it with you the passport. ·

France Vs Brazil

Although the traffic laws of France is similar to that of Brazil, there are some peculiar rules you need to know before driving in the country. In some places in the city, there is a signal that allows to park at one side of the street only on the first or second half of the month. The French are very strict with parking restrictions, and supervision related to speeding. As in Germany, the fines must be paid on time.



The major complication of traffic law in Italy is related to parking. Flagged vacancies in blue with the letter P, are free for anyone to park. The white lines symbolize free public parking spaces, and paid blue. When the driver commits an offense and receives a fine, 25% of the amount must be paid at the time of notification.


Switzerland, to ride in a car, always be aware of the signs, especially speed and parking. There are some mountain roads where the roads are one-way for a few hours, so respect the timetables set in the plates. Traffic laws are strictly controlled and care must be taken in the narrow, winding roads. Always give preference to vehicles coming from the right – unless the card indicates otherwise, the use of belt is required, it is illegal to drive drunk and children should always be in the back seat.

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