DRIVING IN FINLAND

RULES & REGULATIONS

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  • Drive on the right-hand side of the road and overtake on the left.

  • Every occupant in the car has to wear a seat belt.

  • Children who are less than 1.5m tall can’t sit in the front seat of the car unless they have an appropriate child seat restraint. Children under 3 years old must use a child restraint seat.

  • Don’t drink and drive because the drink driving limit is zero.

  • The use of mobile phones whilst driving is illegal unless you use a hands-free system.

  • Dipped headlights must be on at all times even on motorways.

  • It’s illegal to use full-beam lights in built-up areas at night.

  • Give way to the right when vehicles are approaching an intersection.

  • Give way to cars on the left when on a motorway.

  • You must always give way to forms of public transportation such as buses and trams.

  • Hungary can experience very severe winter weather conditions so if you travel there at that time of year you must make sure that you use winter tyres.

  • In some areas during winter, snow chains may be required.

  • If you have to pass a rail crossing do so slowly.

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SPEED LIMITS

  • 50 km/h in built-up areas.

  • 90 km/h on open roads.

  • 110 km/h on semi-motorways

  • 130 km/h on motorways.

THINGS TO BRING ALONG

  • Full UK driver’s licence.

  • Always have your passport with you when driving.

  • First Aid Kit

  • A warning triangle inside the car in case you break down

  • Reflective vest

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • You will have to pay tolls for some motorways and you’ll be given a sticker to put in your car as proof of payment.

  • You shouldn’t use your horn except in cases of extreme danger.

  • If you’re are caught committing a driving offence whilst driving in Hungary then you could face being given an on the spot fine.

  • Most of the main tourist areas have free parking. Parking is permitted on the right-hand side of two-way streets and on both sides of one-way streets. Parking in Budapest can be tricky as it is a busy city. If you park illegally your car could be clamped.

  • Most roads in Hungary are in good condition.

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