13. Public transport has a number of privileges on the roads of Austria. This is particularly true for school buses. Car drivers cannot use special lanes for public transport. It is also prohibited to overtake buses when they have the warning lights turned on (when loading and unloading passengers).
14. In the territory of settlements cars can move with the speed of up to 50 km/h, and on motorways the maximum permitted speed is 100 km/h. On autobahns in the daytime it is possible drive at a speed of 130 km/h, and at night (the period between 22:00 and 5:00) the maximum speed should be 110 km/h. The speeding fine depends on how much you have exceeded the maximum allowed speed with the minimum fine being 20 euro.
15. If the road has zig-zag yellow markings, that means it is not allowed to park a car on this part of the road. In winter, it is not possible to leave the car on the road that has tram tracks. The reason for that restriction is the fact that in winter these roads are cleaned carefully.
When choosing a car for your Austria trip, don’t forget to check and compare the franchise amount (indicated in the rental conditions) for all cars considered in your selection. The franchise may vary from 200 to 2000 euro/dollars even for cars of the same class. A thorough comparison will allow you to choose the option with the lowest franchise.
During your booking, we will offer you to take a full coverage of the franchise ('No Risk' or 'No Excess' package). If you book a car without full coverage, it is recommended to take it at the pick-up time - this will substantially reduce your financial liability in Austria for the whole rental period.
During your car pick-up in Austria, do not forget to check what to do in breakdown-, accident- or theft-cases. Most of our offers include 'Breakdown Assistance' package. Besides this, every rental office would be happy to assist you with this package.
Prior to the car return, please check your voucher for the fuel conditions. If it is indicated that a driver shall return the car with a full tank, do not forget to refuel it on the way back, this will save you from additional charges at the rental office.
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On weekdays, in the period between 9:00 am and 7:00 pm all parking spaces in settlements are paid. On Saturday, during the period from 9:00 to 13:00 only parking lots located in the downtown are paid, and on Sundays it is possible to park for free.
17. It is usually allowed to park a car for no longer than an hour and a half at parking lots located in the city center. If you need to park your car for a longer period, it is better to use the services of underground parking.
18. In big cities you can also find the so-called "blue parking lots". It is very easy to distinguish them thanks to blue road markings. If you want to use such a parking, you will need a card-timer, which can be taken free of charge in the nearest tobacco shop. It is permitted to leave the car at such parking lots for no longer than three hours.
19. In the cities of Bludenz, Bregenz, Dornbirn and Feldkirchen you will often see parking lots, where payments must be done through the cashier or special machines. In some other cities you may see parking lots, where payments are made using special vouchers. These vouchers need to be purchased in a bank in advance.
20. The country’s capital has special parking regulations. Here payment for the use of parking lots will be charged during the period from 9:00 to 22:00. In order to use parking lots in Vienna, you must purchase a special parking ticket called Parkschein. You can buy it at any petrol station or in tobacco shops.
This innovation has become valid since the beginning of October 2012. The program also includes active expansion of parking areas. Fines for wrong parking are rather impressive start from 20 euro.
22. Improperly parked cars are likely to be brought to penalty parking lots. The same is done to the cars that are left at parking lots for a longer period than it’s allowed. As a rule, penalty parking lots are located in remote areas of the city and it won’t be easy to get your car back.
23. Not all petrol stations in Austria work around the clock. In most cases they are open from 9 am to 9 pm. You will find 24/7 petrol stations on highways, and on Sundays many petrol stations in cities are even closed for the weekend. According to local regulations, drivers are allowed to carry no more than 10 liters of fuel in canisters.
24. In Austria, there is a strict regulation regarding entering and moving in roundabouts. If there are no other signs, cars that enter the circle have the advantage. Foreign drivers should not forget that there’s an opposite rule in a number of European countries, and the priority is given to drivers who already move in the circle.