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Advice for driving in Slovenia

Driving in Slovenia

Updated: 25 November 2017

 

 

Tips, Checklist & Legal Requirements

If you are looking to drive in Slovenia then you you must be at least 18 years old and have a valid UK driving licence, insurance and vehicle documents.

On-the-spot fines are issued for the infringement of all trafic regulations. They must be paid in local banks or post offices.

 

What do I need to drive in Slovenia?

 

Driver's checklist:

  •  · Valid driving licence
  •  · Proof of identification (passport)
  •  · Insurance documents (third part or above)
  •  · Proof of ownership (registration certificate)

If you do not own the vehicle you are driving, you are advised to obtain written permission from the registered owner.

 

Driver safety

In 2012 there were 130 road deaths in Slovenia. This equates to 6.3 road deaths per 100,000 of population and compares to the UK average of 2.8 road deaths per 100,000 population in 2012.

 

Legal Requirements

Seat belts are required for all passengers, whether in the front or back seat of the vehicle. No children under the age of twelve are allowed to travel in the front seat. They must go in the back and with appropiate restraint systems.

When driving on a motorway and some toll roads it is mandatory to display a vehicle sticker that can be bought at most petrol stations.

 

Kit You Need to Carry On Board

It is compulsory in Slovakia to carry the following safety equipment within any vehicle with more than 2 wheels:

  • · A Warning triangle
  • · First aid kit
  • · Reflective jacket
  • · Headlamp converters

 

Speed Limits


Standard speed limits (km/h) unless otherwise stated by traffic signs:

50Kmh Urban roads (31 mph).

90Kmh Non-urban roads (56 mph).

130Kmh 110Kmh Motorways / expressways (80 - 68 mph).

 

Towing

50Kmh Urban roads (31 mph).

90Kmh Non-urban roads (56 mph).

100Kmh Motorways / expressways (62 mph).

 

Alcohol Consumption

Slovenian drink driving laws are sticter than in the UK. The legal limit is 0.05% but you can be fined if the police think you are unable to drive safely even if you are under that limit.

 

Mobile Phones

Using a mobile phone while driving is not allowed and will incur a heavy fine.

 

Motorcycles

On motorcycle, both driver and passenger must wear a helmet.

 

Headlights

The use of dipped headlights is compulsory at all times.

 

Driving in Winter

Winter tyres and snow chains are mandatory from November to March.

 

General Driving Advice

So to recap here is our checklist for driving in Slovenia:

  1. Ensure you have proper documentation: valid driving licence, ID, driving insurance covering driving in Slovenia, proof of ownership (registration certification).
  2. Take plenty of breaks when driving long distances.
  3. Ensure all passengers are wearing seat belts and remember children 12 and under are not allowed to travel in the front seat. They must go in the back and with appropiate restraint systems.
  4. Ensure your car is equipped with the following safety equipment: A warning triangle, reflective jacket, first aid kit and headlamp converters.
  5. Check fuel compatibility as some fuels may not be compatible with your vehicle.
  6. Do not drink and drive.
  7. Observe local speed limits – as a general rule built up areas have limits of 50km/h (31 mph), outside built up areas are 90km/h (56mph).
  8. It's illegal in towns and urban areas to use your horn except in case of emergencies.
  9. The use of dipped headlights is mandatory at all times.

 

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Reference: The statistics mentioned on this page were sourced from the Reported Road Casualties Great Britain:2012 Annual Report and, to the best of Eurobreakdown.com’s knowledge, are correct at the time of publication (June 2014).

 

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