Driving in a foreign country can be stressful if you are not used to it.
From being on the other side of the road to differences in speed limits and more, there’s a lot to deal with.
In general, road signs shouldn’t add to the confusion. Guidelines set out in the 1968 Vienna Convention on Road Signs and Signals mean all the major warnings and instructions follow the same basic principles on shape and colour, whichever country you’re driving in.
However, every country still has its own unique, lesser-used signals that might at first baffle foreign drivers. To help cut through some of the confusion, Leasecar.uk has come up with a guide to some of the more weird and wonderful signage you might come across on a continental road trip this summer.
1. Traffic queues likely ahead (Belgium)
2. Hospital (Norway)
3. Bus lane (Estonia)
4. End of all restrictions (Iceland)
5. Tunnel (Italy)
6. Residential Zone (Sweden)
7. Pharmacy (Germany)
8. End of priority road (Spain)
9. Level crossing without barriers ahead (Ireland)
10. Crossroads with priority to the right (Greece)
11. Caution, fog likely (Czech Republic)
12. No horns or excessive noise (Turkey)
13. No overtaking by heavy goods vehicles (Slovenia)
Tim Alcock from LeaseCar.uk said: “Getting behind the wheel abroad can be nerve wracking. Not only have you got to get used to driving on the wrong side of the road in a left-hand drive vehicle, you’ve got to get up to speed on the rules of the road too.
“Luckily, most road signs in Europe have been standardised but some will look completely alien to drivers from the UK.”