Road Rules

Below are some basic road rules whilst driving in Italy.

  • Drive on the right and overtake on the left.
  • At roundabouts the traffic from the right has the right of way.
  • Seat belts are compulsory in the front and back.
  • Children under the age of 12 must travel in the rear passenger seats. The use of hand-held mobile phones while driving is prohibited.
  • Blood alcohol limit is 0.05% (previously 0.08%); If you get stopped you will be fined.
  • Lights must be turned on when driving on the motorways/dual-carriage ways
  • Low-beam headlights are compulsory in tunnels.
  • If you are stopped for a traffic violation, police are empowered to collect fines on the spot €40-€50
  • It is mandatory to have €40-50 cash with you at all times incase of an event like this.
  • A red warning triangle must be carried and used at a breakdown or accident.
  • Driving in Switzerland, you must have a tax disc (vignette) valid for one year displayed on your windscreen. These can be bought at the border crossings and service stations (approx €40/€50)

Always check your mirrors as motorcyclists can suddenly appear out of nowhere.

Tailgating in Italy is a normal occurrence, don’t panic or speed-up, they will soon overtake you at the first opportunity.

  • Speed Limits Motorway 130 kph (80 mph)
  • Motorway Wet 110 kph (68 mph)
  • Dual Carriageway 110 kph (68 mph)
  • Other Roads 90 kph (56 mph)
  • Urban Areas 50 kph (31 mph)