Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

December 6, 2021
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The word on the road

Thinking of renting a car in Europe? Here are a few things you should know.

• In Italy, only local traffic is allowed during certain hours in the historic centres of some cities. Look for white signs with an open red circle and the time that traffic is restricted. If your hotel is beyond that sign, your concierge will have to register your license-plate number with the authorities. Don’t bother cheating — cameras take pictures of the plates when cars enter the zones and violators are fined. Another rule in Italy: on roads too narrow for two vehicles, the larger one has the right-of-way.

• In France, kids under 10 must ride in the backseat.

• Much of central London has a weekday congestion charge of £8 ($14) from 7am to 6pm. The zone is marked with a white C in a circle. The charge may be included in the cost of your rental car, so ask. If the cameras catch you without a permit, expect a £50 ($90) fine.

• If you’re driving at night in rural Scotland, watch for Highland cattle that lie on sun-warmed roads.

• In Spain, you must put on a reflective safety vest any time you get out of your car on the side of highways or unlit roads. The better rental-car companies provide one in the trunk, so check. Also, people who wear glasses are required by law to have a spare pair in the car.

This article was accurate when it was published. Please confirm rates and details directly with the companies in question.


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