Driving Tips in Belgium - Sixt rent a car


Driving in Belgium 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 be aware of before you start driving in Belgium:

  • In Belgium, they drive on the right hand side of the road.
  • Wearing of seat belts is compulsory for front and rear seat occupants.
  • Children under 18 and less than 1.35m must use a suitable child-restraint system whether seated in the front or rear seat of a vehicle. Exception: When two child restraint systems are being used on the rear seats and there isn’t adequate room to place a third child restraint system, then the third child may travel on the back seat protected by the adult seat belt. A child under three can’t be transported in a vehicle without a child seat/restraint. It is prohibited to use a rear facing child seat on a front seat with a frontal airbag unless it is deactivated.
  • Drink driving - 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 and 0.08 per cent you will be banned from driving for three hours and issued an on the spot fine of €150. If you refuse to pay the fine, the public prosecutor will prosecute and impose a fine up to €3,000. 0.08 per cent or more an on the spot fine of up to €550 and a ban from driving for at least six hours; if prosecution (more than 0.15 per cent) fine up to €12,000 and a licence suspension up to five years. However, if you have held your licence for less than two years, an on the spot fine will not be imposed, you will automatically be prosecuted.
  • Dipped headlights should be used in poor daytime visibility.
  • It is illegal to use a phone without a hands-free kit while driving in Belgium. A hand-held phone can be used in a stationary vehicle but not where the vehicle is stationary at traffic lights or in a traffic jam.
  • Minimum age for driving is 18 years of age.
  • Third-party motor insurance is compulsory. The police can impound an un-insured vehicle.

Please make sure that you are aware of all the road regulations before you start driving in Belgium.

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Speed Limits

Standard legal limits, which may be varied by signs.

  • In built-up areas up to 31 mph (50 km/h).
  • Outside built-up areas 55 mph (90 km/h).
  • On motorways and dual carriageways separated by a central reservation 74 mph (120 km/h).
  • The minimum speed on motorways is 43 mph (70km/h).
  • A limit of 18 mph (30 km/h) may be indicated at the entrance to a built up area.
  • Vehicles with spiked tyres must not exceed 60 km/h on normal roads and 90 km/h on motorways / dual carriageways.
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Things to Bring Along

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

  • Reflective jacket - Drivers stranded on a Belgian motorway or on a major road (usually four-lane roads, called 'route pour automobiles' - sign E17), stopping at places where parking is not allowed, must wear a reflective safety jacket as soon as they leave their vehicle. Fine for non-compliance €55, but the amount can be much higher (€60 - €1500) if the driver refuses to pay or in a circumstance where the driver has to go to court (for example in the event of an accident).
  • Warning triangle - Compulsory for vehicles with more than two wheels.
  • First-aid kit and fire extinguisher recommended as their carriage is compulsory for Belgian registered vehicles.
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Additional Information

Sixt car rental has a number of branches in Belgium including Brussels, Gent, Antwerp and Gosselies.

If you travel to the capital city of Brussels you can get more from your trip when using a car rental in Belgium. Whilst in Brussels make sure you check out the Manneken Pis, the Atomium, the Grand Place, Palais Royal, Mini Europe, Cathédrale St Michel and Gudule.

Drive to Brugge and see the Belfry Tower, travel to Antwerp and visit the magnificent Cathedral of our lady and go to Gent for the Castle of the counts.

Wherever you decide to go make sure you use Sixt car rental in Belgium, helping you to make the most of your time.

Why not check out some of the other great destination we have covered, these include Holland, Poland and the Switzerland.

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