On a practical note, Holland is a relatively densely populated country with a very well interconnected road system with many good highways between the main centres of population both in Holland and its neighbours. Because Holland has few hills it has traditionally favoured the use of bicycles throughout both the towns and countryside.
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 Holland 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 Holland are:
On Motorways or Divided Highways the limit is 120 kilometres per hour. This equates to about 74 miles per hour. On other roads not showing any lower restriction the limit is 80 kilometres per hour. That's about 48 miles per hour. In towns the limit is 50 kilometres per hour, or 31 miles per hour.
Drivers must be aged 18 years or over to legally drive in Holland even though they may hold a licence issued in another country.
Drivers face severe penalties if found driving with more than 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. This is lower than the limit in Britain where it is 80mg per 100ml.
The wearing of seat belts is recommended. Children under 3 must travel in the rear with a safety system adapted to their size. Children 3-12 may travel in the front if they are in a special safety seat.
All vehicles are required to carry a warning triangle, check one is fitted in your hire car before you drive away.
Tolls are not charged on motorways in Holland.
Motor vehicles must always give way to trams. In all areas the motorist is required to treat the cyclist with courtesy. In so called home zones pedestrian and cyclist emerging from the right at a junction have priority.
These notes are intended only to draw attention to some of the rules and regulations that apply to driving in Holland. They are not an exhaustive or complete set of regulations and may be superseded by changes in the law at any time.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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