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34. Children under 18 years can be transported in the back seat of the car only, and only fastened by seat belts. Children under 3 years can be transported in a special seat only. By the way, the seat can be set on the car’s back seat only. While moving, all the passengers and the driver must necessarily fasten seatbelts.
35. Foreign drivers should not forget to get the international driving license before the travel to the country. The international driving license will make it easy to resolve all kinds of difficulties, and you will be able to travel freely across the country using your personal car.
36. Local drivers are well aware of the traffic regulations, and they treat other drivers with respect. In this country, it is absolutely normal to pay particular attention to pedestrians and drivers of bicycles and motorbikes, who have an undeniable advantage on the road.
37. Despite strict regulations and heavy fines, accidents are quite rare on the roads of the Netherlands. A large number of accidents happen with bicycle riders involved. According to the statistics, in the majority of such accidents the driver of the vehicle is considered guilty. There is a special attitude to cyclists in the country.
38. The majority of traffic rules in the country have almost nothing different comparing to traffic regulations of other European countries. Overtaking is permitted on the left side only, and in roundabouts cars that move in the circle have the advantage.

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If you need a car with an automatic transmission, it is recommended to book it in advance. Cars with automatic transmissions are often sparse in Netherlands, so the rental confirmation may take a longer period.

When selecting a specific model for traveling throughout Netherlands, we recommend to take into consideration some practical apects. If you are going to drive mostly in the cities, then a car of a small size is preferable, while for long distance trips (and trips in the mountains) we recommend to choose a larger and more powerful car.

Prior your car retrun, please clean the salon from a garbage, and do not forget to take away all your belongings from the passenger compartment.

At the car return time, please ask the officer to make a visual inspection of the vehicle for defects and to sign the acceptance report. Keep the invoice and the acceptance report for next few months.

For a car rental options in Netherlands, we advise you to check actual offers in the orange search form at the top. We guarantee that you would not be able to find better rates anywhere else!
39. Regardless of the time of the day and weather conditions, car drivers should always use lower beams. It is permitted to talk on a cell phone while driving only in case the car is equipped with a special “Hands Free” system or a Bluetooth headset.
40. The Netherlands is home to one of the most modern and safest tunnels in Europe - Westerschelde. The length of the tunnel is 6.6 km, and the cost of one ride in it is 5 euro for cars.
41. South Holland is home to another toll tunnel – Dordrecht. Its length estimates 901m (the closed part of the tunnel estimates 406m). The cost of one ride in this tunnel is 2 euro for vehicles, the height of which is less than 2.3 meters, and 5 euro for all other vehicles. It is also worth mentioning that both cyclists and pedestrians are allowed to use this tunnel.
42. When choosing a place to park, you should not forget to pay close attention to the curbs. If the curbs are yellow or black and white, then it is prohibited to leave the car there. If left in such a place, the car will be definitely sent to a penalty parking or bollards will be put on its wheels.
43. All major cities have the “Park + Ride” type parking lots. As a rule, they are located near the city. The cost of parking services there estimates approximately 8 euro. When leaving a car at the P + R parking, the driver receives a special card that entitles the driver to a free ride to the city center and back to the parking lot.
44. Parking lots, marked with the «P-Zone» sign, are usually equipped with special parking machines. If the entrance to the parking lot has the «Blue Zone» mark, then it is allowed to use this parking lot only if you have a special card with a clock.
45. Autobahns have such a restriction as the minimal allowed speed. Moving on such roads with the speed of less than 60 km/h is prohibited. If a car moving behind you wants to overtake, you should carefully move the extreme right lane that is free and give way to that car.
46. In the Netherlands, there are 12 main roads. The speed control on such roads is usually stricter comparing to other roads. These highways are equipped with special radar equipment that calculates the average speed of vehicles. If the speed is higher than normal, the driver is likely to receive a heavy fine, so drivers are not recommended to speed up as soon as they pass a camera.
47. In March 2011 a new traffic rule appeared. According to that rule, drivers are allowed to move at the speed of 130 km/h at some sections of highways. You can drive that fast on the following road sections - Wognum - Zurich (A7), Almere Buiten-Oost - Joure (A6), Moerdijk - Breda (A16), Everdingen - Deil (A2), Moerdijk - Bergen op Zoom (A17) Bergen op Zoom - Vlissingen (A58), Steenwijk - Heerenveen (A32) and Hoogeveen - Klazienaveen (A37).
48. Starting from 1 September 2012, the list of highways, where the maximum permitted speed is 130 km/h, was significantly expanded. Currently, this speed limit is valid on 60% of highways in the country, and only 40% of highways still stick to the old rule.
49. Local petrol stations sell diesel fuel and unleaded petrol (95 and 98). There are also gas filling stations in the Netherlands. As a rule, they are marked with the standard «LPG» mark. According to the local regulations, it is possible to transport petrol in cans.
50. In 2013, as a part of the “Smart Highway” project, some roads in the Netherlands will be turned into the so-called "smart roads". Road markings on such roads will be made with a special fluorescent paint that glows in the dark and alerts drivers about the weather and road conditions. For example, when the temperature is low, drivers will see glowing snowflakes on the road – a warning that the road may be slippery.
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