Any trip comes with risks, what to say about traveling around Europe by car. You are especially worried when it is the first time: prepare documents, things, a car, pave the way and book a hotel, place a pet… There is so much to do! To help, we have prepared an article on safety rules on European roads. They are simple, but in some situations they will save you from trouble.
How to secure a car trip in Europe?
1. No overnight travel
How would you like to get to the place of travel early. We advise you to leave immediately after breakfast. Try to divide the route into segments of 500 km, between them - rest at the hotel. For example, you start at 9:00, with an average speed of 90 km / h you will arrive at the hotel at about 15:30. Now you can relax, walk around the area, arrange a photo session and gain strength for the next leg of your journey through Europe. Read the entry rules at the border here: https://toplyvo.app/ru/blog/osobennosti-bezvizovyh-poezdok-v-es-na-avto/
It is better to book a hotel in advance when planning a route. Here is a popular Jewish online booking site: https://www.booking.com/
2. Traveling without unnecessary things
Do you want to take an extra pair of shoes, a spare jacket, a tent, a mat and a cauldron? Drop this idea. Additional load reduces speed and increases fuel consumption, every 100 kg of load increases gasoline consumption by 10%. Taking into account European fuel prices (from 1.5 €/liter), overspending will hit the budget.
3. Follow road signs
This is especially true for speed limits. Often after driving on expressways, the sense of speed is lost and it can be difficult to quickly orient yourself and start to slow down. On German autobahns, for example, if there are no additional restrictions, it is allowed to drive at an unlimited speed (!), but not lower than 60 km / h, 130 km / h is recommended. Behind the limiting sign are radars that record all violations. Fines for speeding in Europe are rather big, in Germany - from 70 €.
4. Keep track of the fuel level
The next gas station may not be as close as indicated on the maps. Even worse - if it turns out to be closed. Play it safe and keep the fuel level in the tank.
5. Do not leave things in the cabin
Do not break the golden rule of Ukrainian drivers: when you leave the car, take all the things from the passenger compartment. Do not leave even the oldest travel bag. Let there be nothing of value, but this is a temptation for car thieves. Take all the money and documents from the car, keep everything valuable in the face in the hotel. For walks around the city, take copies and a small part of the money.
6. Do not pick up passengers by hitchhiking
This can be dangerous in an unfamiliar area, especially if you don't speak the local language. Ignore if they wave at you and tell you to stop. Just in case, save the pan-European emergency number on your phone - 112. Prepare a few phrases in advance, at least in English, to briefly explain what happened.
Keep your smartphone charged
Take a universal car charging cable on the road, it will charge your smartphone almost 100% in 40 minutes. It is not superfluous to put a power bank with a fully charged battery in the car, in which case, connect it to the phone and you are in touch.
We remind you that in order to travel around Europe, you need to issue a pass on toll roads. You can buy a vignette from Latvia, Moldova, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Slovakia, Lithuania, Hungary, Romania in electronic form through the Toplyvo UA service. More details about the purchase here: https://toplyvo.app/en/vignettes/