August 5, 2010

Drivers urged to be aware of foreign driving laws

People taking driving holidays abroad this year have been urged to brush on the local road laws before travelling.

There are many small but significant discrepancies in driving laws across Europe, so motorists who do not do their homework could unintentionally break the law, according to Skoda.

The Czech car manufacturer has therefore teamed up with the RAC to produce a handy guide to educate drivers on these differences.

For instance, in France, Italy and Germany the legal blood-alcohol limit is just 50mg per 100 ml of blood, while using a GPS system that shows the locations of speed cameras is illegal in Germany.

“Driving abroad should be an enjoyable experience and our aim is to provide travel information to our customers so that they have one less thing to worry about,” said John Bower, head of aftersales at Skoda UK.

Britain may soon be following the lead show by France, Italy and Germany when it comes to drink driving.

The North Review recently recommended lowering the legal limit to 50mg, a suggestion backed by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.

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