Driving to Austria
Drive News Update Sept 2023
As of Jan 2023, the cost of Road toll in Austria is:
Learn more about the toll sticker here.
Need an overnight stop in Germany, then check out Hotels de. The link is below. IKt is nok, you can change the website to be in English.
On your way in Austria, use your mobile – How it works
Asfinag, the Austrian Government department for road travel in Austria, have an App, that is pretty much perfect for travellers and it is in ENGLISH!!
Good to know
ASFINAG Rest areas
Tunnel Safety – link for all updates and modernisation in Austrian Road Tunnels
- Clear and simple rules of conduct
- The emergency teams can reach their destination quickly
- Broad access route
- Injured people can be treated quickly
- Increase of the chances of survival of road accident victims by up to 40 percent
- Broken down vehicles on the hard shoulder do not obstruct access
- The principle is the same as in the neighbouring countries of Germany, Slovenia and Switzerland.
Form an emergency lane as soon as the traffic on the motorway or expressway is beginning to come to a halt, whether an emergency vehicle is nearby or not.
Drive your vehicle to the side of the road and position it parallel to the emergency lane. Make sure you leave enough safety distance to the vehicle in front of you.
If the motorway or expressway has two lanes and you are on the left lane, drive as far to the left-hand side of the road as possible, and if you are on the right lane, drive to the right-hand side of the road as much as possible. Also use the hard shoulder. This applies to cars as well as to motorbikes, lorries and buses.
Three or more lanes
The same system applies to motorways and expressways with three or more lanes. All vehicles on the outermost left lane drive as far to the left as possible. The vehicles on all other lanes drive as far to the right as possible – this includes the hard shoulder.
Drive to Austria – If you have an accident in Austria, and someone is hurt, the Police must be informed immediately…it is an offence not to inform….so be warned!
Austrian Drivers – What can we say?
The English like to think they can ski… well, until they get on the slopes and discover that the dry slope back home was no real help learning to ski!!
Well, the Austrians like to think they can drive..until they waken up in an ambulance or not at all!
Be aware that the Austrians do not like to be behind anyone, so tend to overtake in the most dangerous places.
They also like to get close enough to inspect what is on your rear window shelf!! Roundabouts are not their forte, so do not expect signals or any indication of what they might happen next.
They like to park as near as possible to the main doors of supermarkets even though the car park is empty! There is also a craze for driving with their ear to a mobile phone.
Speed limits are not for them, except when on a motorway and driving through road works. So in general keep your own speed low so you are prepared for any eventuality.
Useful info from Austrian tourism site: Drive to Austria
Vehicles with summer tyres fitted are not allowed to be driven on roads covered with snow and ice. Fines are in place for vehicles found to be doing so!
News Update: Oct 2022
Germany has introduced larger fines for motoring offences, they have literally doubled, so do not get caught out on the speed limits. Be extra careful on the motorways as they can have instant speed reductions advertised on the gantry;s and with Auto camera’s… even a little over the speed limit will catch you out.
Drive to Austria
Drive to Austria – News Update 03.08.21
AUSTRIA -From 1st Sept, 2021 tougher penalties will apply in Austria for dangerous speeding.
On September 1, the amendment to the “speeding regulations” comes into force. The changes in the Road Traffic Act and the Driver’s License Act relate primarily to the massive exceeding of speed limits in local areas and on open country roads. Offenders face higher fines of up to 5,000 euros and changes in the length of driving license suspensions.
In future, anyone who massively exceeds the prescribed speed limits in local areas or on open country roads will have to reckon with a significantly longer driving license suspension. “Previously, a first-time violation by 41 to 60 km/h in the local area threatened a driver’s license revocation of two weeks, so it is now a month. If the offense repeats itself, three months threaten. With each further transgression it is, depending upon severity, three to six months.
Driving to Austria: When the sun comes out and the temperatures start to rise..it is always difficult to decide..should I change my tyres…..but be aware the rules say you need to keep your winter tyres on until 15th April!!!
Then it is on Summer tyres until 1st November..of course you can keep your winter tyres on for the summer, if the tread is getting low and you are going to replace the following winter. BUT, no summer tyres whatever in the Winter!
If you feel daunted by the thought of a long drive across Europe, there are always flights.
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