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Driving in Finland

Key rules, regulations and things to know

Driving: Drive on the right and overtake on the left.

Speed limits: Motorway 120 km/h - Open Road 80/100 km/h - Town 30/40 km/h

Headlights: Dipped headlights must be on at all times.

Wild Animals: Elk and reindeer are frequently found on roads and are very active at the end of the day as the sun is going down.

The minimum age for drivers is 18. Minimum Driving Ages European Countries - Here

Seat Belts: Seatbelts are compulsory for all passengers (plus driver) in the front and rear seats. Children under 3 years must always use a child restraint and all children under the size of 135cm must use a booster seat with seatbelt

Drink and Driving: 0.05 This is a low limit like in many countries, meaning you can only have one small glass of wine. The drink driving laws are very strict enforced by the Police. They can also carry out random roadside breathalyser tests. Anyone over the legal limit can be arrested so it is best not to drink and drive. More information Here

Mobile Phones: It is illegal to use a hand held mobile phone whilst driving. Don't risk using one as you can receive a heavy fine in most countries and more important cause a serious accident.

Warning / Emergency Equipment: Your vehicle should carry a warning triangle, reflective jacket and in winter have winter tyres.

Toll Roads: There are no toll roads in the country.

Winter Tyres: You must have these from December to February and engine heaters are sensible. Check with your car hire company when you collect the rental vehicle in winter months.

Disabled Parking: The Blue Badge is recognised in all European countries - More information Here

For more information on driving in Finland, click on image

The Automobile and Touring Club of Finland (ATCF) - To enter site click on image above left

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Weather in Helsinki

Capital: Helsinki

Telephone Country Code: +358

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Emergency Telephone number: pan-EU Emergency 112 Can be used in all EU Countries and it can be dialled from a locked mobile or a mobile with no sim card. We have driving guides for those countries marked in red below (plus other non EU member European countries).

Austria - Belgium - Bulgaria - Cyprus - Czech Republic - Denmark - Estonia - Finland - France - Germany - Greece - Hungary - Ireland - Italy - Latvia - Lithuania - Luxembourg - Malta- Netherlands - Poland - Portugal - Romania - Slovakia - Slovenia - Spain - Sweden - United Kingdom

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Drink Drive Laws - Examples of what can be drunk at present

It is not a lot and in some countries even to drink the glass on the right would be breaking the law if you drove afterwards in others a sip would be too much see "Wine" below

"Wine - even a sip will send you over the limit and invalidate your insurance in Parkistan, Cuba, Indonesia, Romania, Jordan and Nigeria, according to Rhinocarhire.com which produces a comprehensive guide." The A to Z of car hire - The Independent - August 2010

See the guide below for further information


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Emergency Telephone Numbers in Europe:

Emergency Telephone number: pan-EU Emergency 112 Can be used in all EU Countries and it can be dialled from a locked mobile or a mobile with no sim card.

Driving abroad - British Government website. Contains general information about driving abroad and gives you the option to search for specific advice by country

Finally, Don’t forget your excess cover and buy it before you set off

Excess charges could cost you up to £1,000 or more. Protect yourself by organising your insurance4carrental car hire insurance before you head to Europe.

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