Driving in Norway

You might imagine yourself driving down the picturesque countryside of Norway with a chilled beer in hand. But beware! Norway has one of the strictest driving laws concerning alcohol in Europe. Only 0.1 milligrams of alcohol is allowed whereas in the UK it is 0.4 milligrams. So throw away that beer, start up your engines while you take a short drive around the Norwegian driving guide.

As with several other countries, you will find yourself driving on the right hand side of the road. But that is not that only thing you will have to adjust to. The Norwegian life is laid back and relaxed which reflects in the speed limit. You must be extremely careful while driving as the roads wind a lot.

One important thing foreign drivers should beware of is the animals. Yes! They wait behind the shadows waiting to pounce on unassuming drivers. Sheep and reindeer are almost always present as are elks. Therefore try and be careful while driving along the Norwegian roads.

The network of roads in Norway is well maintained. Minor roads are less well maintained. Since Norway is an extremely cold region, there is a law that requires all cars to be fitted with studded or special tyres designed for winter. Although the roads are excellent, there are several potholes on the sides of the roads, therefore you have to be vigilant while driving. Seatbelts are mandatory both at the front and back.

The minimum driving age in Norway is 18. Speed limits vary from 30kph to 90kph depending on whether you are driving in a residential area or an expressway. There are several rules to be followed while driving. Headlights (dipped) must be used at all times. A warning triangle in every car is a must. The Norwegian law recommends foreigner to provide their cars with a first aid kit, fire extinguisher and a set of replacement bulbs.

Norway uses parking meters to denote parking areas. Stopping your car where a sign read “All stans forbudt” is not allowed. This means strictly no stopping. Parking regulations are extremely strict and you are not allowed to park on the main road or the corners.

All cars owned or rented must be insured. Norway accepts foreign licenses for a period of one year after which you must obtain a Norwegian license in order to continue driving. It is recommended that you should always have your driving license, vehicle registration and certificate of motor insurance in hand.

In the mountain regions, cars coming downhill are given priority because of the narrow roads. According to Norwegian law, it is considered illegal to drive off the road.