The wearing of front and rear seatbelts is compulsory when fitted.
Children in the front must be a minimum of 3yrs and all children must use an appropriate restraint system.
Drink Driving Limits
50mg/100ml (UK 80mg/100ml)
Minimum Driving Age
The minimum driving age using a full UK licence is 17
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Radar traps are frequent in Denmark and heavy on-the-spot fines can be levied.
As in the rest of Scandinavia cars and motorcycles must use dipped headlights at all times.
All grades of unleaded petrol, diesel and LPG are available as well as lead substitute additive. No leaded. It is allowed to carry petrol in a can. Credit and debit cards are widely accepted, although they probably will not work at automatic pumps, which are often the only pumps open out-of-hours.
Danish motorways are toll-free, but the two major bridges, the Oresund and Storebaelt, charge tolls.
Parking is permitted only in the direction of traffic (on the right), you may park with two wheels on the pavement as long as pedestrians are not inconvenienced.
On-the-spot fines are issued for the infringement of all traffic regulations. Ensure an official receipt is issued by the officer collecting the fine.
It is illegal to drive whilst using a hand-held mobile phone. Hands-free systems are tolerated.
Dial 112 anywhere in the EU to reach the emergency services.
Other Useful Information
It is now law in Denmark (not just good driving practice) to indicate before changing lanes on a motorway.
Cycling is very popular in Denmark. Cyclists often have the right of way. It is particularly important that you check cycle lanes before turning right. You must give due consideration to the many cyclists present in Danish cities.
Useful Words and Phrases
Note 1: UK registered vehicles displaying Euro-plates (circle of 12 stars above the national identifier on blue background) no longer need a GB sticker when driving in European Union countries. Countries outside the EU still require national identification.
Note 2: Regardless of local requirements it is always a wise precaution to carry a spare set of vehicle bulbs and adjust headlamp beams for driving on the right. A spare bulb kit will not prevent a fine if you are travelling with faulty lights, but it may avoid the cost and inconvenience of a garage call out. On some cars it is inadvisable or impossible for anyone other than a qualified technician to change a headlamp bulb or lamp unit e.g. high intensity discharge (HID) headlamps and carrying spare bulbs is not an option. However, it is recommended that spare bulbs are carried for any lights which may be easily and/or safely replaced by the owner/driver. Do not forget to ensure that you also carry any tools that might be required to change the various bulbs.
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