Driving in Italy: check tyres first

3rd July 2013

Motorists planning an Italian job this summer should check tyres, brakes and generally make sure the vehicle is in tip top condition.

Get your headlamps checked, too, as daytime running lights are mandatory. As a visitor you must use dipped headlights in poor daytime visibility and in all tunnels.

Motorists are required to carry a warning triangle and reflective jacket with them at all times in Italy, while the country's drink drive limit is lower than in the UK.

In Italy it is illegal to carry radar speed camera detection equipment, although this does not include the 'point of interest' radar detection built into most sat-navs.

Peter Rodger, chief examiner at the Institute of Advanced Motorists, notes that driving from London to Rome takes 20 hours, so preparing your vehicle thoroughly is a must.

"Check all of your lights are working and that your tyres have enough tread, aren’t damaged and have the right pressure," he says.

"Plan your journey to include rest stops, preferably every two hours, and if you’re tired, stop and sleep for as long as you need to. You should never plan this as a non-stop journey."

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