Planning a trip to Europe?

Planning a trip to Europe?
Planning a trip to Europe?

If you are planning to visit Europe, it’s good to inform yourself about the driving rules upfront because even though most traffic signs here are standardised, driving regulations are not. Thus, even after you have obtained your Direct Car Excess Cover and believe you are now fully set for the trip, finding out more about the laws will be helpful. Remember, it doesn’t matter how funny or strange you may think they are because in case you are caught breaking them, things won’t seem so funny anymore. Here is a look at a few of the European driving regulations that stand out as being quirky or just plain weird.



In Denmark, the law requires all drivers to check under their vehicles before they drive off. While this would make sense if someone thought there was a bomb or something similar underneath, the grounds for doing this check in Denmark are rather unusual. Apparently the check is meant to enable the driver to see if there are children beneath the vehicle.


From the Coliseum and the leaning Tower of Pisa to the Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum, Italy is alive with art, history and culture –and it appears that the country isn’t short of dumb traffic laws either. For instance, while you are allowed to have one pet in the car while driving, you will need to fix netting or cages at the back if you must carry more pets. Also, when parking, you must do so in the direction of the traffic.


Most people are never keen on tracking dates, especially when on holiday. However, doing this can actually be something helpful if you are vacationing in Spain. In some Spanish towns, you have to park your vehicle on the side that bears houses with odd numbers on uneven days, and do the opposite on days that have even numbers. As if that’s not enough, if you are a person who wears prescription glasses, you are required by law to have an extra pair in the car.


When you are thinking of touring Germany, the Neuschwanstein which is the most famous castle in the world is probably what will first come to mind. However, as you try to visualise how fun a trip to this flamboyant castle would be, it’s also good to keep in mind that if your car runs out of fuel while you are on the highway, you might get in trouble with the law enforcers. Thus, once you set foot in Germany, be sure to have enough fuel in the tank before you get moving.

These are just a few of the weird traffic laws found in different parts of Europe. To ensure that your vacation is not ruined in any way therefore, it’s important to take a little time to learn about the regulations that apply to the specific location you choose to head to.