Denmark Driving Rules and Tips
Denmark offers its share of scenic driving routes. For instance, the Marguerite Route covers almost 3,000 km (1864 miles) of the country, including about 200 attractions along the way, as well as scenic views. If you’re planning a road trip in Denmark, this guide will familiarize you with some of the rules and regulations.
Before you travel, gather the necessary documents. You’ll need the following:
- A valid driver’s license from your country
- Official photo ID (passport)
- Proof of insurance (Call your insurance company to be sure you are covered in Denmark)
- Proof of ownership if you are bringing your own car or a signed letter from the owner
- An International Driver’s Permit (IDP) (a translation of your license, which you get in your own country) is nice, but not necessary
- Rental documents, if driving a rented car
You must be 18 to drive a car in Denmark. However, you can get a tractor/motorized equipment license at 16, which allows you to drive a moped. Drivers over 70-years-old are required to take periodic driving tests to keep their license, so check to make sure your license will be valid if you are above that age.
Driving Rules, Laws, and Regulations
- Travel on the right hand side of the road
- Pass on the left hand side of the road
- Give the right of way to people on bikes
- All people in the car must wear a seatbelt
- Do not use your phone while driving
- Pay attention to road signs
- Be sure to stay out of emergency lanes, as you can be fined
- You must use a warning triangle if you are stopped for an emergency
- Yield to traffic in a roundabout
Speed Limits and Fines
The speed limits in Denmark will be posted in kilometers per hour. Generally, they are as follows:
- 50 km/h (31 mph) in urban areas
- 80 km/h (49 mph) in rural areas
- 130 km/h (81 mph) on 4-lane highways
The fines begin at 1,000 kroner, and they go up to about 7,500 kroner, depending on the percentage you are going over the speed limit. Keep in mind these are minimum fines. Denmark has a day-fine system, meaning the fine can be based on your income. Fines can be demanded on the spot, and radar traps are often used to catch drivers. The speed limits are strictly enforced in Denmark.
The legal Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) in Denmark is 0.05 g/100ml, which is basically the equivalent of one drink per hour. You will face the following punishments if caught driving above the limit:
- Fines (for a second offense, you will be fined one month of your net salary)
- License restrictions (based on a point system; if your BAC is above 0.12, your license can be revoked for 3 years)
- Jail time (especially if you are involved in an accident or your BAC is above 0.2).
- Car confiscation (multiple offenses)
You’ll be able to find free parking in many cities; however, most of these have a time limit. You’ll need a parking disk to show when you arrived, which you can find at post offices, banks, and gas stations. You’ll also find private parking lots where you’ll have to pay to park. A few more things to keep in mind:
- You cannot park on pedestrian crosswalks or in bike lanes
- Do not park at a yellow curb, a bus stop, or on motorways
- Only park on the right hand side of the street
Keep in mind that the police in Denmark strictly enforce the traffic laws, and you can always be fined on the spot for a violation.
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