Driving Tips in Austria - Sixt rent a car


Driving in Austria varies from the UK so in order for you to travel safely Sixt recommends that you look at our guide for driving tips and advice.

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Rules & Regulations

Here are some rules and driving tips that you should know before you start your road trip in Austria:

  • When driving in Austria remember that you have to drive on the right hand side of the road.
  • Seatbelts must be worn at all times by front and rear seat passengers occupants when travelling in a car. Fines for not complying are €35.
  • You must be aged 17 or older and hold a valid driver's license.
  • If you are caught drink driving, the maximum permitted level of alcohol in the bloodstream is 0.049 per cent. If the level of alcohol in the bloodstream is between 0.05 per cent and 0.079 per cent a fine will be imposed, 0.08 per cent or more and a severe fine or driving ban for Austria will be imposed. A lower limit of 0.01 is applicable to new drivers who have held their licence under 2 years.
  • Passing lights (dipped headlights) must be used when visibility is poor due to bad weather conditions.
  • Third-party insurance is compulsory.
  • Use of mobile phones is prohibited whilst driving in Austria.

Please make sure that you are aware of all the road regulations before you start your trip in Austria.

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Speed Limits

The standard legal limits, which may be varied by signs, for private vehicles without trailers are as follows:

  • In built-up areas: up to 31 mph (50 km/h)
  • Outside built-up areas: 62 mph (100 km/h)
  • Motorways: up to 80 mph (130 km/h)

Other speed restrictions to adhere to are:

  • Vehicles not capable of sustaining a minimum speed of 37 mph (60 km/h), are not permitted on motorways
  • Mopeds must not exceed 45 km/h.
  • The maximum recommended speed limit for vehicles with snow chains is 31 mph (50 km/h).
  • Vehicles equipped with spiked tyres must not exceed 100 km/h on motorways and 80 km/h on other roads. A number of towns have a general speed limit of 18 mph (30km/h).
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Things to Bring Along

It is compulsory to have the following equipment with you when driving in Austria:

  • Warning triangle which must state that it conforms to EC regulation 27.
  • First-aid kit - Must be in a strong dirt proof box.
  • Reflective Jacket - Every car driver has to carry a reflectorised jacket / waistcoat (compliant with European regulation EN471) which has to be used in the case of a breakdown or accident and even when setting up a warning triangle on the road.

Winter equipment – All Motorists have the legal obligation to adapt their vehicle to winter weather conditions:

Between the 1st November and the 15th April vehicles must be fitted with winter tyres (which must be marked M&S on the side walls and have a minimum tread depth of 4mm) or all-season tyres which must be marked M&S (mud and snow) and if roads have a covering of snow, slush or ice outside these dates. Theoretically snow chains on summer tyres can be used as an alternative to winter tyres where the road is heavily covered with snow and no damage to the road surface is caused by the snow chains. In practice, because road conditions and the weather can’t be predicted, use of winter tyres is effectively compulsory. Generally there is a duty to give way to traffic approaching from the right. A bold line, a line of white triangles (shark's teeth) painted across the road or a white triangle with red border indicates that you must stop and give way to traffic on the road you are entering.

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Additional Information

Sixt car rental has a number of branches available for when you're driving in Austria including most major cities and airports. Firstly you might want to visit the capital city Vienna, with so many sights to see you will take comfort in using Sixt car rental. Drive around and explore the city and visit the Schönbrunn Palace, Hofburg, Stephansdom and Ringstrasse to name just a few.
If you travel to Salzburg you can see the house of Mozart, Hohensalzburg Fortress and Mirabell Garden & Castle.
Austria has so many places to visit as well as lots of cities so use your Sixt car rental to travel around the magnificent countryside. If you travel to Austria you are never far away from Sixt car rental making your journey easier and more beneficial.
Why not check out some of the other great destination we have covered, these include Belgium, Poland and the Russia.

* Please note: All information was correct at the time of publication.

Important signs in Austria

Important driving signs in Austria