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IAM publishes guide to foreign road traffic laws

30 September 2008

IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists) has published a one-stop, definitive guide to traffic laws when driving abroad to help motorists avoid unnecessary stress, fines and prosecution.

A survey of motoring clubs across the world uncovered a number of ways motorists could become unstuck owing to a wide variety of laws and priorities among different countries. For example, in the UK, there are no specific requirements to carry additional safety equipment. However, if you plan to travel in Belgium, you may be expected to carry a first aid it, fire extinguisher, reflective jacket and a warning triangle.

The IAM website now includes details on drink drive limits, use of seatbelts and child restraints, safety camera detector prohibitions, and the requirement to hold safety equipment in your vehicle such as reflective jackets, spare bulbs, warning triangles and first aid kits.

RoadSafe regards this guidance as being particularly useful. It is easy to assume that as a competent and legally compliant driver on British roads one will be suitably equipped to drive in other countries. This is clearly not always the case and IAM has provided a quick and easy on-line point of reference for anyone driving in Europe and beyond.

To view the guide visit http://www.iam.org.uk/DrivingAbroad/