Belgium Driving Tips
Belgium is a compact country where everything is just a short drive away. Belgium autoroutes are toll free and a minumum speed of 70 kph applies unless otherwise indicated. Belgians drive on the right hand side and overtake on the left. Belgium roads are of high standards and the traffic signs may cause a problem since there are two official languages in Belgium. In Flanders all the road signs are in Dutch and in the southern part near to France they are all in French.
The minumum driving age in Belgium is 18 years and a valid international driver’s licence is required for those who wish to drive. Most of the fuel stations are open from 8 ma to 8 pm and many stations on expressways are opened 24 hours. All type of unleaded are available as well as diesel, LPG is less often found and credit cards are widely accepted. The speed limit in the city is 31 mph to 50 kph, in major roads it is 56 mph to 90 kph and on the motorways it is 74 mph to 120 kph. Do watch on your speed as there are hidden cameras which will check your speed and you may be fined for overspeeding.
Seat belts are compulsory in this part of the country in the front and the rear seat and children under the age of twelve years must travel in the rear seat with the seat belts fastened. Make sure that you carry your driving licence, insurance papers, registration papers along with your passport and proof of ownership as it is very necessary while driving. Drink and drive is a crime and make sure that you are below the limit, the blood alcohol limit is very low at 50 milligrams of alcohol per liter of blood. Drunk drivers will be breathalysed and those refusing blood sample will be taken and if found fines are heavy depending on the degree of intoxication and in certain cases driving licence will be confiscated immediately.
Speed Limits in Belgium roads:
Speed limit in the city 31 mph to 50 kph
Speed limit on the open roads 56 mph to 90 kph
Speed limit on the highways 75 mph to 120 kph
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