Driver training specialist IAM Drive & Survive is offering weekly motoring tips to drivers from its head of training, Simon Elstow. This week he is advising on driving regulations in Italy.

Driving Italy

  • Always carry your driving licence, vehicle registration document (V5) and insurance certificate. If you don’t have a photo licence, carry your passport to validate the licence.
  • The drink-drive limit is less than in the UK; you cannot have more than 50mg per 100ml blood (compared to 80mg in the UK).
  • Daytime running lights are mandatory and as a visitor you must use dipped headlights in poor daytime visibility and in all tunnels at all times.
  • Be safe and be seen: you are required to carry a warning triangle and reflective jacket with you at all times.
  • All grades of unleaded petrol (benzina), diesel (gasolio) and LPG are available as well as lead substitute additive. Leaded petrol no longer exists.
  • Traffic is restricted in many historical centres and major towns. These are known as ‘Zone a Traffico Limitato’ or ZTLs. They are only permitted for residents’ use. Entering such areas will result in a fine by post.

Elstow said: “Driving from London to Rome takes an exhausting 20 hours so preparing yourself and your car is essential. Check all of your lights are working and that your tyres have enough tread, aren’t damaged and have the right pressure. Plan your journey to include rest stops, and if you’re tired, stop for a sleep.

“To get to Italy you may have to drive through France. Don’t forget that from 1 July, all drivers and motorcyclists need to carry a breathalyser kit, with two disposable breathalysers. The breathalyser must carry the NF certification.”

To help drivers stay safe and enjoy their driving this summer, the IAM has a new website, drivingadvice.org.uk, with traffic updates, weather forecasts, and driving tips, including: driving abroad, cycling, coping with Olympic congestion, and loading the car for a long journey.