In some countries such as France, Germany, and the Netherlands , it's illegal to use the slower lane for passing.
In Greece, slower drivers don't pull over, but drift as far right as possible to let cars pass. In roundabouts, traffic continually flows in a circle around a center island. While you'll see them sporadically throughout continental Europe where vehicles move counterclockwise , roundabouts are everywhere in the British Isles where traffic flows clockwise.
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These work wonderfully if you follow the golden rule: Traffic in a roundabout always has the right-of-way, while entering vehicles yield. For many, roundabouts are high-pressure circles that require a snap decision about something you don't completely understand: your exit. To replace the stress with giggles, make it standard operating procedure to take a degree case-out-your-options exploratory circuit.
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Discuss the exits with your navigator, go around again if necessary, then confidently wing off to the exit of your choice. Don't worry. No other cars will know you've been in there enough times to get dizzy. When approaching an especially complex roundabout, you'll first pass a diagram showing the layout and the various exits. And in many cases, the pavement is painted with the name of the road or town to which the lane leads. Across Europe, it's illegal to turn right on a red light, unless a sign or signal specifically authorizes it most common in Germany. In many countries, traffic is monitored by automatic cameras that check car speed, click photos, and send speeders tickets by mail.
It's smart to know — and follow — the area speed limit.
Most countries require safety seats for children under age three, and a few — including Ireland and Germany — require booster seats for older kids. In nearly all countries, children under 12 aren't allowed to ride in the front seat without a booster seat; a few ban kids from the front seat no matter what, and some have front-seat rules for kids up to age The legal blood-alcohol limit is lower across the Continent and in Ireland than in the US, and punishment ranges from steep fines to imprisonment.
In France, all cars need to have an unused Breathalyzer on board supplied if your rental starts in France, but ask about this if you're picking up the car elsewhere.
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Europe takes its DUI laws seriously, and so should you. Nearly all countries forbid using a hand-held mobile phone while driving. Many European countries require you to have your headlights on anytime the car is running, even in broad daylight.
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And many require each car to carry a reflective safety vest or kit with a reflecting triangle typically supplied by the rental company. Your car-rental company should be aware of these rules — just ask. Or you can research them on the US State Department's travel website search for your country in the "Learn about your destination" box, then click "Travel and Transportation".
To get a rough idea of driving distances and times in New Zealand, you can check the North Island driving distances and the South Island driving distances maps. In my own experience, the driving times calculated by Google Maps are generally too short.
So add at least 30 minutes to the times listed. Take your time while driving from city to city. And remember that while New Zealand is a small country compared to, for example, Canada or the United States, it can take up to seven hours to drive from Christchurch to Queenstown , for example. Roads can sometimes be long, straight, and boring, but they can also be very hilly and winding, which can get you tired.
It is recommended to take a minute rest break every hour when driving. Be courteous on the road and please have consideration with other road users such as cyclists and farmers. Some car rental companies require you to provide them with a list of all the people who will be driving the car. They usually ask for this information when you pick up the car.
So if you are traveling with more people and know you might drink, remember to assign a designated driver when you pick up the car. This will automatically help you stay on the left side of the road. The difficult part will probably be getting back on the road after stopping somewhere. You must remind yourself to get in the left lane when you get back onto the road. Luckily I became aware of this just after a few seconds of starting to drive. Luckily the road was empty at the time it happened to me.
Last but not least, the following 7-minute video shown below explains what to do at intersections when driving in New Zealand. This article falls under Travel Guide. Note: This article was accurate when it was published. A popular tourist destination in Sikkim, the pass is located at an altitude of about 14, feet. While heavy snow on the route makes it tricky, the turns are precarious, and there are landslides blocking the road during monsoons. The Leh-Manali highway. Zoji La. The Kinnaur Road, carved out of rocks. Khardung La, the highest motorable road in the world.
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