Driving Around the World

This is a collection of driving information from all over the world.

Driving in a country you visit for fun might not be that much fun if you don’t know the local rules of the road. It always helps to know what to expect in a new city you plan to spend your time.


Disclaimer: The information in this site is provided as a guide to traffic rules in different countries around the world. We collect the information posted in the site from various people and sources that we think are reliable. Although we try to keep it as updated as we can, we can’t be held responsible for any consequences arising from any unintended inaccuracies.

Driving in Congo

Driving to Rethy Congo – in mud road. Adventurous driving. Animal traffic jam.

Natalie drives in Congo. Her first drive on the left

No guard rails, and an extremely narrow road. Breathtaking scenes on the dangerous mountain road in Eastern Congo.

Portugal – Driving in Portugal

General

  • License: An approved translation of a valid driver’s license and/or international driving permit
  • Minimum age to rent a car – 23
  • Traffic flow: right side
  • speed limits – Built-up (Urban) areas: 50 km/h = 30 mphOther (Rural) roads: 90 km/h = 54 mph
    Motorways: 120 km/h = 72 mph – (minimum 50 km/h = 30 mph)

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Traffic fines can be applied “On the Spot.” The police may demand immediate payment of fines either in cash or using a Credit Card.

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Driving in Australia

If you have your driver’s license printed in English, you can normally drive in Australia.

Other points to drive in Australia are:

  • The minimum age is 16-18 (depending on the city you want to drive in)
  • Any international license (in English) is valid in Australia for less than 6 months. If you plan to live there for more than six months, an international driving license is required. An Australian Driver’s license can also be applied.
  • Drive on the left side of the road.
  • Speed limits depend on type of road. The maximum speed limit is 130kph on the highways. In the cities, the speed limit is usually around 50-60kph.
  • Seat belts are mandatory
  • Mobile phones are not allowed to be used while driving.
  • Parking a car facing traffic on coming traffic is also not allowe.
  • Be careful of kangaroos while driving around the countryside. Kangaroos are unpredictable and may pop out of nowhere.
  • Roads in Australia are mostly toll-free except, the North Ryde Toll Plaza and Pennant Hills Road Plaza.
  • Hitchhiking is illegal in Australia.

Some videos of driving in Australia.

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Driving in in Denmark

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  • Right Hand Driving
  • Seat belts (both front and rear) are obligatory.
  • Children under 12 years should be kept in the rear seat and must use a proper child restraint.
  • Strict drinking law only 0.25 milligrams of alcohol per millilitre of blood (far less than 0.8 in countries like UK and Canada)
  • Speed limits – Maximum speed 130 km/h (110 km/h, 90 km/h also common), open roads – 80 km/h, towns – 50 km/h
  • Always carry documentations like driving license, vehicle registration document, and certificate of motor insurance.
  • Headlamp converters are compulsory. All cars and motorcycles are required to use dipped headlights during the day.
  • Minimum driving license age is 18 years.

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Left Hand driving countries

left-hand-driving About a quarter of the world drives on the left, while the rest drive on the right. The countries that drive on the left are mostly old British colonies.

The left-hand driving dates back of ancient Roman time. The fact was revealed when archaeologists in 1998, found a well-preserved track leading to a quarry used by Roman near Swindon, England. The heavily loaded carts made deep grooves in the road on the left side, much deeper than those on the right. The empty carts entering the quarry made relatively shallow grooves on the path.

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Driving in Afghanistan

Driving in Afghanistan is not a smooth drive. It may turn out to be a headache when pedestrians, animals and various types of vehicles share the same roads. Here are some videos: example of what it is like driving in Afghanistan.

Yes, you are right. The defensive driving techniques you learnt to reduce your vehicle insurance, comes handy while driving in these roads.
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France – Driving in France

France_map While driving in France following points should be considered.

  • Drive within the posted speed limits
  • When the roads are wet, the speed limit is automatically reduced by law. On roadways the limit of 130 km/h is reduced to 120 km/h when on wet road conditions.
  • In France, for all passengers have to wear seat belts, regardless of a passenger in the back seat or in the front seat.

While traveling in France it is advisable to carry a warning triangle in the case of breakdown or an accident. The triangle should be placed at about thirty yards down the road from the vehicle. A high-visibility-vest is also recommended as the police can always give a ticket if you stand on the road side without wearing one.

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