The wearing of front and rear seatbelts is compulsory when fitted.
Children under 12yrs/1.5m must not travel in the front seat.
Drink Driving Limits
The drink drive limit is zero.
Minimum Driving Age
The minimum driving age using a full UK licence is 18
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Dipped headlights should be used in poor visibility and at all times in winter.
Most petrol stations located on the major roads are open 24 hours. There are very few petrol stations in Bratislava.
The Slovak Republic requires motorists who wish to use the Slovak toll-road system to purchase a sticker, a vignette (nálepka), which is used in place of paying road tolls in cash. This vignette is valid for one year, although short-term 15 day permits are also available. There is a substantial fine for not displaying the vignette on your windscreen. Vignettes are available at border crossings, petrol stations, post offices and some retail outlets.
Parking is always on the right hand side except on one-way streets where you can park on the left side. Most cities permit parking in designated car parks only.
The police are empowered to issue on-the-spot fines. Ensure that you get a receipt from the officer issuing the fine.
We could find no information on the use of mobile phones. To be safe keep use to a minimum and use a hands free system.
Dial 112 anywhere in the EU to reach the emergency services.
Fire – 150
Ambulance – 155
Police – 158
Other Useful Information
The standard of driving is not high and is aggressive, with drivers often going too fast (especially in bad weather), pushing into dangerously small gaps, tailgating and overtaking with little regard for other road users. Drive defensively and allow yourself more thinking time. Beware of oncoming cars overtaking on your side of the road (particularly on bends and hills). Older low-powered cars and trucks travel very slowly; be careful not to overestimate the speed.
Give way to trams pulling out or signalling a right turn. You may pass trams on the right.
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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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