Driving Tips in Italy - Sixt rent a car


There are driving tips to consider for foreign driving holidays and Sixt wants to make sure your car hire in Italy is safe and worry free. Although there are several rules that are similar to other countries within the European Union, Italy also has some notable differences. This is especially relevant should one be choosing to rent a car from Sixt. So, let us take a brief look at some of the most important regulations to be aware of on a visit to Italy.

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Rules & Regulations

Like many European nations, mobile phones are not allowed to be used when driving in Italy. Children under one hundred and fifty centimetres must be be properly restrained in a child seat (located in the rear of the vehicle). Headlights must be used during inclement weather such as rain, snow or fog. Seat belts are mandatory for all front seat passengers and if they are fitted in the rear, they must be worn as well. At Sixt rental car services, we will always make certain that all safety harnesses are safe and functioning properly. When driving in Italy a tip to consider is cars will be obliged to only overtake on the left as in other countries. As one will be aware, drink driving is strictly prohibited and can result in a fine, the revocation of one's license or under certain circumstances, both.

Driving in Italy also requires knowledge of some of the main highway rules. Drivers will need to carry their identification, license, registration and insurance papers. Also, it is mandatory that all cars are equipped with a reflective jacket (red or yellow) as well as a warning triangle in case of breakdowns.

Italy uses a points systems based on traffic infractions. Each driver begins with twenty points. Drivers are graded by this system; some of the more severe mistakes can cost a driver in Italy up to ten points. Should one lose all of these points, a driving test must be retaken. It should be noted that this system is applicable to all drivers, even if their country of origin does not recognise this method. Italy is known for its highway safety.

These are a few of the most important considerations to take into account when planning a driving trip in Italy. Sixt car hire services prides itself on offering customers safe and secure vehicles, but in Italy or any foreign country, it is always the driver's responsibility to be well aware of the specific rules and regulations.

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Speed Limits

Another important factor to consider are the different speed limits when driving in Italy. This is quite essential, for violating these traffic laws will result in an on-the-spot fine:

  • In all towns and residential areas, one is not allowed to travel more than 50 km/h
  • On single-lane highways outside of towns, this limit is raised to 90 km/h
  • Driving on Italy's main highways can be enjoyed with up to 100 km/h

Finally in our speed limit driving tips section for Italy, the country also contains many larger highways that link different cities together. These are known as "autostrades" and the limit in such locations is 130 km/h. All limits will be clearly marked should there be a change when entering or exiting certain areas.

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Things to Bring Along

A few useful items that are a good idea to include on your journey in Italy will be a map of the country and an additional map of where you will be visiting. These are both useful additions to a vehicle's GPS navigation system. A tourist translation guide is also a necessity; particularly one which contains useful phrases such as asking for directions and the pronunciation of local towns and villages. For longer journeys, make certain that the vehicle is equipped with a spare tyre. Carry a few extra litres of water as well; especially during the hot summer months. Finally, always carry a mobile phone should you become lost or in case of any emergencies.

Now you have read our tips for driving in Italy why not check out some of the other great destination we have covered, these include Germany, Spain and the USA.

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