Once again an independent state after a short ten day war in 1991, Slovenia is now a modern European state, a member of both NATO and the EU since 2004 and has a successful economy. The proximity of Slovenia to Italy and Austria has probably helped with its transition from a Yugoslavian province.
Driving on the right hand side of the road may be a new experience for some visitors as may well be the use of kilometres to measure distance - one good thing about using a rental car is that it will be adapted to local conditions with the steering on the left hand side and the speedometer marked in kilometres per hour.
The availability of rentals cars is very good throughout Slovenia and there is usually no problem in arranging for a hire car to be left at a different location from where it was originally rented.
The speed limits in Slovenia are:
On Motorways the limit is 130 kilometres per hour. This equates to about 80 miles per hour. On other roads not showing any lower restriction the limit is 90 kilometres per hour, that's 56 miles per hour. In towns the limit is 50 kilometres per hour, or 31 miles per hour.
Drivers face severe penalties if found driving with more than 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood.
Persons under the age of 18 years are not allowed to drive in Slovenia even though they may hold a driving licence issued in another country.
The wearing of seat belts is compulsory and children must be 12 years old or over to occupy a front passenger seat, unless in a child safety seat.
Before you drive away check that your hire car has a first aid kit and a warning triangle as these must be carried in Slovenia.
These notes are intended only to draw attention to some of the rules and regulations that apply to driving in Slovenia. They are not an exhaustive or complete set of regulations and may be superseded by changes in the law at any time. The publishers can accept no responsibility for any problem that may arise because drivers have failed to satisfy all the relevant legislation in any country in which they may use a vehicle hired through this site. It remains the responsibility of the driver to satisfy himself or herself that they are aware of all the relevant legislation that affects their conduct and the driving of vehicles in any country in which they may find themselves.
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