IAM offers an ‘arrivederci’ to holiday motorists

21st June 2012

As England prepares to face off against Italy at Euro 2012, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has issued some handy tips for anyone heading to Rome et al this summer.

This week, the IAM has turned its attention to Italy, with Britain's top advanced driver, Peter Rodger, calling of on motorists to be aware of the regulations governing the region.

First up, Mr Rodger recommends motorists stay aware of the lower drink-drive limit in the region, with drivers not allowed to have more than 50mg per 100ml of blood compared with 80mg in the UK.

He also called on car users to ensure they carry a driving licence, vehicle registration document and insurance certificate, with a passport also useful in helping to validate the license.

The motoring expert also reminded drivers that daytime running lights are mandatory, and dipped headlights must be used in poor daytime visibility and all tunnels.

He reminded motorists to carry a warning triangle and reflective jacket at all times, while it is important to remember traffic can be restricted in historical towns with "Zone a Traffico Limitato" signs deployed.

"Check all of your lights are working and that your tyres have enough tread, aren't damaged and have the right pressure," Mr Rodger said.

"To get to Italy you may have to drive through France. Don't forget that from July 1st, all drivers and motorcyclists need to carry a breathalyser kit, with two disposable breathalysers."

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