Driving in Austria
Avete estimated a trip on the road in Austrian land? No problem. Here is some valuable information for driving in Austria.
As always, it is recommended to follow some basic and universal rules.
Always respect speed limits. Avoid driving if you have been drinking.
In the event of an offense, foreign citizens can pay the fines on the spot. Alternatively, you can go to the bank within 3 weeks.
BASIC RULES TO RIDE IN AUSTRIA
In Austria you drive to the right and overtake on the left. Remember to always respect the safety distance.
It is always necessary to give priority to pedestrians who cross or are about to cross a road; even if there are no pedestrian crossings on the ground.
In the event of an accident, YOU MUST ALWAYS STOP and provide assistance, where necessary. It is always preferable, on both sides, to sign the friendly statement.
DOCUMENTS TO DRIVE IN AUSTRIA
Driving license, registration certificate and valid insurance certificate. If you are driving a vehicle that is not your own, we recommend that you take a DELEGATION TO CONDUCT. This is a delegation of the vehicle owner with an authenticated signature. It is not mandatory.
The seat belts must be fastened to all seats, front and back (if any).
In cars it is mandatory to wear a triangle, a reflective jacket and a first aid kit.
From November to April, it is necessary to have snow chains on board, to be mounted in case of snow and / or ice on the road.
ROADS AND SIGNS
In Austria we move quite easily with our car and the bike. The road network is rooted throughout the country. Highway and expressways are extremely modern and efficient.
The highway, Autobahn, is identified by the letter A followed by a progressive number, and a signal with a blue background. The motorway network has an extension of over 1600km. The A2, Süd Autobahn, with its 377km, is the longest. It connects Vienna with the Italian border, passing through Klagenfurt and Graz.
Please note that the Austrian motorway network is subject to toll, through a special mark to be displayed on the windshield. The stamp is mandatory, and must be purchased before traveling to Austria.
All info and costs, from our special page.
On some lines, like the A13 Brenner, to cover the high maintenance costs, you do not need a stamp, but you have to pay a toll at the toll booth. Pretty expensive.
The term Schnellstraßen refers to federal roads, almost similar to motorways. Compared to these, they have lower operating costs, because they are built following the typography of the places; therefore, with an extremely small number of tunnels.
They are identified by the letter S, followed by a progressive number, white on a blue background. The limits are the same as for Autobahn
Speed on Austrian roads and motorways often depends on climatic conditions. Unless otherwise indicated, the speed limits are as follows:
50 km / h in population centers.
100 km / h outside population centers.
130 km / h on the highway.
DRIVING IN AUSTRIA WITH CHILDREN
Until reaching the height 150cm, children must be ensured to seats adapted to their weight, approved in compliance with the minimum safety requirements established by law. The belts, of course, well connected.
Children over 150cm in height, will only have to have belts fastened like adults.