Recommended Safety Equipment (by Estonia and/or EUroadlegal.co.uk)
The wearing of front and rear seatbelts is compulsory when fitted.
All children must be suitably restrained.
Drink Driving Limits
The drink driving limit is zero.
Minimum Driving Age
The minimum driving age using a full UK licence is 18.
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Dipped headlights must be used at all times.
A new chain of Neste Oy stations service the M-12 Via Baltica highway. These eleven stations are located every 150 km, open 24 hours, and accept Visa and Diners Club. Shell and Statoil stations are growing in number as well. Almost every station is now open 24 hours. Neste and UnoX stations are fully automatic, accepting cash and major credit cards; Statoil and Shell stations have shops in the stations. You might encounter tankers selling fuel alongside the main roads. Unleaded fuel is signified by a green pump and/or an "E" in the price window. Since central European diesel fuel congeals in winter, a special winter blend with a high congealing point is offered by Neste or Kesoil stations.
There are no toll roads in Estonia.
When parking in larger towns a ticket (parkimiskaart), available from local shops, must be displayed.
No information could be found regarding fines.
The use of hand-held mobile phones whilst driving is illegal, hands free systems are tolerated.
Dial 112 anywhere in the EU to reach the emergency services.
Breakdown assistance - 1888
Other Useful Information
If you have your own car, there’s one main problem with driving in Estonia: other drivers. Standards of driving can range from bad to down-right lethal. The best advice is to drive defensively: don’t assume your fellow drivers will do what you expect them to do, like stop for red lights or signal before they merge into your lane. If you can avoid it, it’s probably best not to drive on inter-city highways at night. That’s because—as if other humans weren’t enough to worry about—you also have to watch out for moose. There are thousands of them in Estonia and, hit at high speeds, they can do serious damage. Road signs drawing your attention to these gentle, dumb, but very large beasts are not kidding. Highways are somewhat better marked than they used to be, but at night it can still be difficult to see the road in front of you.
Winter tyres are a legal requirement from 1 December to 1 March every year, but if there are severe weather conditions outside these dates (likely in most years) the dates will change accordingly. You should therefore check local conditions if driving in Estonia between October and April.
Useful Words and Phrases
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Note 1: UK registered vehicles displaying Euro-plates (circle of 12 stars above the national identifier on blue background) no longer need a GB sticker when driving in European Union countries. Countries outside the EU still require national identification.
Note 2: Regardless of local requirements it is always a wise precaution to carry a spare set of vehicle bulbs and adjust headlamp beams for driving on the right. A spare bulb kit will not prevent a fine if you are travelling with faulty lights, but it may avoid the cost and inconvenience of a garage call out. On some cars it is inadvisable or impossible for anyone other than a qualified technician to change a headlamp bulb or lamp unit e.g. high intensity discharge (HID) headlamps and carrying spare bulbs is not an option. However, it is recommended that spare bulbs are carried for any lights which may be easily and/or safely replaced by the owner/driver. Do not forget to ensure that you also carry any tools that might be required to change the various bulbs.
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