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Here's what you'll need to know when driving in the Czech Republic. Anyone driving here should be aware that there's a zero-tolerance policy on drink-driving. Also, drivers who wear glasses or contact lenses while driving, should note they'll be required to carry a spare pair in the car at all times.

Road deaths per 100,000 of population. UK average 3.1 (2010):
β€’7.6 per 100,000 of population

Minimum age for drivers
β€’18

Maximum speed limit

Motorways:
β€’130kph/80mph
Open roads:
β€’90kph/56mph
Urban areas:
β€’50kph/31mph

Alcohol limit per 100ml of blood
β€’Zero there must be no alcohol in a driver's blood stream

Equipment required in car
β€’A warning triangle inside the car
β€’Headlamp converters. These are stickers on your headlights, which prevent oncoming motorists being dazzled by UK-configured headlamps
β€’Spare bulbs for the vehicle's external lights
β€’Fire extinguisher
β€’First aid kit
β€’Reflective jacket
β€’Complete set of fuses
β€’Jack
β€’Spanner
β€’Winter tyres or snow chains, if driving between November and April
β€’Glasses or contact lens wearers must carry a spare pair in the car

Documentation to be carried
β€’Full British licence (if it's not a photo version, you'll need another form of photographic ID, such as a passport)
β€’Original registration document, along with hire-car policy
β€’Motor insurance policy

Exterior markings
β€’GB sticker on the back of the vehicle unless 'Euro-plates' are fitted
β€’A motorway sticker if driving on the motorway available at the border and at larger petrol stations

General requirements
β€’Seatbelts must be worn by all vehicle occupants
β€’Dipped headlights must be used at all times
β€’Any damage to your car must be certified by authorities at the border. If any damage is caused within the country, it must be reported to police. Drivers with damage will not be able to take the car from the country without this evidence

This information is provided as a guide to driving in the aforementioned country, but is not intended as complete legal guidance. It is the driver's responsibility to ensure they follow national driving laws.