Driving Rules & Tips :
Driving in Switzerland can be quite difficult if you choose the
mountain routes as opposed to the motorways. You will have to plan
your journey with caution to make sure that you take motorway routes
when you can, to minimize the journey distance.
Right hand side of the road
- Take care when overtaking - allow more space between you and
the car in front so you can see further down the road ahead.
- Switzerland has similar drink driving laws to the UK, only allowing
0.4 milligrams of alcohol per liter of blood.
front and rear are obligatory everywhere.
Motorway 120 km/h
Open Road 80 km/h
Town 50 km/h
Alcohol % in blood 0.08
The minimum age of a driver is 18 years for a car and motorcycle over
125cc, and 16 for a motorcycle under 125cc.
Petrol stations along the motorways are usually open from 6:00 a.m.
to 10pm or midnight, although some are open all day and all night.
Along other roads, petrol stations are open from 6, 7 or 8 am to 6
or 8 pm. Many stations do not accept major charge cards such as Visa
or American Express, so make sure that you have some cash with you
for the journey.
All grades of unleaded petrol, diesel, and some LPG are available
as well as lead substitute additive. No leaded. It is allowed to carry
petrol in a can.
Always carry your driving license, vehicle registration document (V5),
and certificate of motor insurance. If your license does not incorporate
a photograph, ensure you carry your passport to validate the license.
If the vehicle is not registered in your name, carry a letter from
the registered owner giving you permission to drive.
Third-party insurance is compulsory. A green card is not required
but your insurer should be advised of your trip.