1. What is the speed limit in Norway?
In general, the speed limits in Norway are 50km/h in built-up areas, 80km/h on open roads, and 110km/h on motorways. However, these may vary depending on road conditions and signage.
2. Is an International Driving Permit required for driving in Norway?
Visitors with a valid driving license from an EU/EEA country can drive in Norway for up to 90 days. However, if your license is from outside the EU/EEA, an International Driving Permit (IDP) may be required.
3. Where are speed cameras usually installed in Norway?
Speed cameras, or 'automated traffic control' cameras, are usually installed in areas with a high incidence of accidents, in school zones, and in areas where the speed limit is regularly breached.
4. How do tolls work?
Tolls in Norway are automated and use a system called AutoPASS. You can either register your car online and get a chip installed, or you can pay late online at www.autopass.no within two months.
5. Are there any specific driving rules I should be aware of when driving in Norway?
Yes, driving is on the right side of the road in Norway. Also, headlights must be on at all times when driving, even during daytime. It is also important that you always pay attention to the road conditions, especially during winter.
6. What should I know about parking in Norway?
On-street parking in city centres is usually chargeable. There are also off-street parking lots and garages. Always check the signs or ask for local advice.
7. What are the rules regarding child seats in cars?
Children under 4 years must be secured in an approved child seat or restraint. Children under 135cm tall should also use a car seat suitable for their size and weight.
8. What are the rules regarding use of headlights?
It's mandatory to have your headlights on at all times while driving, even during the daytime. They should be dipped in built-up areas and when meeting or overtaking another vehicle.
9. Is it mandatory to carry certain items in the car?
Yes, it's mandatory to carry a warning triangle and a reflective jacket.
10. How do roundabouts work in Norway?
Vehicles already in the roundabout have the right of way. Before entering, give way to vehicles from your left.
11. Are there any specific rules for driving in rural areas?
Be aware of wildlife. In rural areas, it's common to encounter sheep, moose and deer on the roads. Drive carefully especially during dusk and dawn.
12. What should I know about driving in Norway during winter?
During winter, roads may be slippery and conditions may be unpredictable. Winter tires are mandatory between November and April. Keep plenty of distance between you and other cars.
13. What are the rules concerning use of indicators in Norway?
Indicators must be used to show you're about to change lane, turn, or leave a roundabout.
14. How are overtaking rules followed in Norway?
On two-way roads, overtaking is generally only allowed on long straightway sections with wide lanes. Anywhere else, it's usually dangerous and often illegal.
15. How are driving conditions in Norway during summer?
During summer, driving conditions are mostly good but watch out for roadwork as maintenance is often carried out in these months. Also, remember that the sun can be blinding in the midnight sun areas.