Driving in Norway
Here are some valuable information for driving in Norway.
As always, we recommend following some basic and universal rules: always respect the speed limits. Avoid driving in Poland after drinking alcohol: the limit is 0.02%. Zero tolerance throughout the country. The checks are quite frequent. The bodies in charge can proceed with the checks, possibly requesting a blood test.
The fines are quite high.
In the event of an infraction, you can pay the fine on the spot. Do not forget the receipt, of course.
BASIC RULES FOR DRIVING IN NORWAY
In the country you drive on the right and you pass 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 mandatory to provide personal details.
DOCUMENTS TO DRIVE IN NORWAY
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).
On two wheels, the helmet is mandatory for driver and passenger.
It is mandatory to have a triangle and a self-reflecting vest in the car. Recommended, but not mandatory, to have a first-aid kit, spare lamp kit, fire extinguisher and fuses.
Maximum attention to the use of tires. In winter, and even after April in the case of particular weather conditions, you can use snow chains or studded tires. Please note, however, that to circulate in Oslo and Bergen with these tires, you must pay a special tax of approximately 4 € per vehicle.
ROADS AND SIGNS
When deciding to drive in Norway, a premise is a must. Being narrow and wide, in fact, it takes several hours to move from North to South. Even more than 20!
One of the most fascinating ways to move around the country is, without a doubt, through the National Tourist Routes. In Norway there are many 18, developed mainly in the south-western area, for a total extension of over 2100km.
These are scenic roads, which offer striking and rather fascinating views. These stretches generally cross fjords and mountains, between sandy beaches, natural peaks and wonderful natural landscapes.
Going through them represents a real experience. A journey that often requires several hours.
The motorway network is quite reliable, presenting, however, different characteristics depending on the sections.
A letter E followed by a number identifies the so-called European highways, and crosses the most important cities, and various regions.
The E6, from Oslo to North Cape, is the real landmark of the country, with an extension of over 2000km. Follow it in full, it could take up to two or more days !! The E18, crosses the area from East to West, while the E39 is the most important highway on the western side.
It is always advisable to proceed with extreme caution because all traits can often become narrow and inaccessible. In addition to the climatic conditions, it affects the road surface whose conditions deteriorate due to the use of spiked tires.
These roads are indicated by a letter E followed by a white number on a green background.
National roads can also be identified by signs on a green background and a white character. There are also minor and regional roads identified by a white signal on a black background. M of these roads and mountain passes are closed during the winter period. These include the famous E63 for Geiranger.
On all toll-prone sections, you can pay conveniently in cash. The only exception is Oslo, which has a fully automated system based on EPC payment. The license plate of your vehicle is photographed at the access point, and you will have 2 weeks available to make the payment online. All you have to do is register your vehicle on the official autopass.no website.
The speed can vary depending on the climatic conditions, sometimes quite rigid. Unless otherwise indicated, the limits are as follows:
50 km / h in the city.
From 60 to 80 km / h outside built-up areas.
From 80 to 100 km / h on motorway sections with appropriate signaling.
DRIVING IN NORWAY WITH CHILDREN
Children under the age of 4, or 36KG, can travel, obligatorily, if secured to special seats, appropriate for their weight, and approved in compliance with the minimum safety requirements. The belts, of course, must be well fastened. Children from 4 years to 10 years, must travel on special reducers.