Do not forget to verify the law for each country you wish to visit in terms of conduct to avoid infraction. The Citroën or DS Contract Holder is responsible for being aware of the driving rules and regulations through each European country (thumbnails, tolls, traffic, winter tires, driving license…).
The seat belt is mandatory in every European country, in the front and rear seats. Verify the law related to children in vehicles, it may differ by country. The cell phone is forbidden while driving and it is not permitted to stop on the side of the motorway to answer or make a call.
Most European countries require you to carry an emergency triangle and reflectorized jacket. You will be provided with one emergency triangle and one reflectorized jacket with your TT vehicle.
ITALY - ATTENTION TO LIMITED TRAFFIC ZONES « ZTL - ZONE A TRAFFICO LIMITATO »: Driving into a ZTL without the appropriate authorization will lead to a steep fine, and in nearly all cases tourists and non-residents are forbidden from being issued passes, as only local drivers are allowed to drive in these zones. The fines for crossing into a ZTL boundary are issued by ticket-cameras placed at the entrance of each zone, and these tickets will vary in price based on the city you're driving in. You can expect to pay approximately 65€ if you drive into a ZTL zone in Italy. Fines will be posted to your home address, approximately 6 months after the offence.
For more information, click here: https://www.theaa.com/european-breakdown-cover/driving-in-europe/country-by-country
Most of the European highway are charging a toll fee unless few exceptions. Before taking the road, make sure to have a valid credit card such as Visa or Mastercard for the payment. Most of the tollbooths are automated; therefore, there are still few counters where you will pay in cash. Warning, debit cards are not accepted as a form of payment or in rare exceptions.
PORTUGAL - ELECTRONIC TOLL ROADS: Portugal has introduced a number of electronic toll roads, where you must prepay to be on them or risk being fined (fines are sent directly to your home as the car is registered under your name and your home address). There are four payment options for vehicles with foreign registration. As a non-European resident, you can only use the following: The TOLL CARD or the TOLL SERVICE. EASY TOLL and VIA VERDE payment methods require an address in Europe to subscribe. For more information on electronic tolls in Portugal, click here.
For more information on toll roads in Europe, click here: https://www.tolls.eu/europe
Legislation on winter tires in Europe differs from a country to another, even from one region to another. From November to March, or outside these dates if the weather and road conditions require, you may need a vehicle with winter tyres depending on where you plan to drive.
Snow chains and snow socks do not replace winter tires. In general, snow chains are mandatory only if indicated on road signs, you can only use them on roads covered with snow and/or ice and they are not permitted on public highways. Some localities require tire chains on certain roads under certain conditions (most major roads in the French Alps for example - B26 sign), even for vehicles fitted with snow tires. Some states allow textile-based products (socks); others require actual metal chains. Before deciding what to buy, consider where you will be driving and do a search for tire chain requirements in those states. All CAR-2-EUROPE vehicles are equipped with standard tires. Winter tires must be installed and paid for by the contract holder locally.
For more information on winter legislation in Europe, click here: http://www.wintertpms.com/en/european-snow-tyre-legislation.html
The majority of European countries require an International Driving Permit (IDP). Be sure to get one before your departure. This document will provide a translation of your U.S. or Canadian Driving License into numerous languages so that it is accepted in other countries.
FUEL PRICES: In terms to have a good idea of fuel prices, click here,
SAFETY: In order not to attract the curious, we recommend that you never leave anything in sight of passersby (not even GPS support which indicate that there surely is a GPS in your glove box). Never leave valuables in sight in the vehicle when you are not there.
In some touristic countries and area such as the South East of France or Italy and Spain, it is recommended to keep the doors and trunk locked. If you stop at a red light keep your handbang to your feet and keep the door and window locked. The thefts are very fast and clevers. Be suspicious of good Samaritans, if you have to get out of the car along the road, please keep your door locked at all times.
SPEED LIMITS: Be vigilant, Europe speed limits must be respected. Polices/gendarmes punish. It's not like North America where officers accept a certain speed beyond the one written on sign boards.
CURRENCY EXCHANGE: Remember that all countries in Europe are not part of the European Union, thus do not have the € Euro. To give you a good idea of each country currency, click here.
EMERGENCY NUMBER: The 911 is not valid in Europe. The emergency number in many European countries is 112. Click here for more information.