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Advices for Car Trips through Switzerland

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36. Using the dial plate is not difficult at all. On arriving at the parking lot, you simply need to set up the appropriate time and place the card in a visible place in the front window. If the parking officer notices that the driver does not leave the parking lot once the maximum allowed period is over, the driver will get the fine of approximately 40 francs.
37. Tourists, who plan to walk in the mountains and enjoy beautiful nature, should not worry about finding a parking space. Sidewalks of all mountain roads are equipped with special pockets where it is possible to leave your car for free. When parking, make sure that your car will not become an obstacle for other road users.
38. The total length of roads in Switzerland is more than 71 thousand kilometers. Local roads are considered among the best roads in the world, so driving on them is always very nice and comfortable. Large number of tunnels is one of the main distinguishing features of Swiss roads. There are more than 200 of them in total, and the total length of the tunnels is approximately 200 km.
39. Local petrol stations sell diesel fuel and unleaded petrol (95 and 98). Gas filling stations are extremely rare in Switzerland. You can find some close to national roads. Tourists, who plan to make long distance rides, should not forget that gasoline can be transported in cans (no more than 25 liters in total).
40. According to local traffic regulations, the use of winter tires is not mandatory. However, if the vehicle equipped with summer tires becomes the cause of an accident in winter, the driver will surely get a large fine.

Renting a Car in Switzerland - Recommendations

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 Switzerland, so the rental confirmation may take a longer period.

When selecting a specific model for traveling throughout Switzerland, 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 Switzerland, 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!
41. Keeping the distance remains one of the main requirements when driving on mountain roads. The distance must be greater than when driving on regular roads, especially in winter and when it rains.
42. Overheating of the brakes is the most typical breakdown that inexperienced drivers have to deal with in the mountains. When going down on a mountain road, it is better to use a lower gear as this will help you avoid the breakdown.
43. In winter, the most dangerous time to travel on mountain roads is noon. At this time, the top layer of ice melts slightly, making the roads even more slippery. In some mountain regions it is always windy, and this fact makes driving even more complicated.
44. Drivers, who plan to travel in the mountain areas, should not forget the following recommendation. When leaving the car in the parking lot, do not forget to remember its location (drivers are also advised to add some distinguishing features to their cars, for example, to tie a bright cloth to the antenna). It may start snowing in the mountains literally at any moment, so in a few hours all the cars in the parking lot can be hidden under a thick layer of snow.
45. Foreign drivers, who are not accustomed to driving on difficult mountain roads, should definitely not forget to check the weather forecast in advance. Difficult mountain roads together with bad weather are a big risk for inexperienced drivers.
46. When driving on a mountain road, in no case should drivers hurry, even if there is a row of cars behind your vehicle. You should move to the first special “pocket” on the side of the road and pass all the cars that move behind you.
47. Switzerland is home to the third largest tunnel in the world - Gotthard. It is made under the mountain range with the same name. The tunnel connects the northern canton of Uri with the southern canton of Ticino. The length of the tunnel is almost 17 km.
48. Local drivers are distinguished by quiet and accurate driving style. Foreign drivers should also be very careful on the roads of Switzerland. Do not forget to stop at pedestrian crossings and always give way to drivers who want to make a maneuver.
49. We cannot forget to mention that locals simply adore sports cars. Such vehicles can be found literally anywhere, even in small towns. Collectible cars can also be seen there, but you will never see old or dirty cars on the roads of Switzerland.
50. Many foreign drivers may be surprised by one interesting fact – in Switzerland, tender old ladies often drive expensive cars. Despite their age, local elderly women drive as good young drivers.
51. You will certainly see many “luxurious” cars in Switzerland. This fact has a simple explanation - the income of the local people is really high. The excellent quality of roads and relatively inexpensive fuel – these factors are real advantages in favor of high-end vehicles.
52. Innertkirchen-Wassen (Route 11) is one of the most beautiful roads in Switzerland. The length of this mountain road is 50 kilometers. All tourists who want to admire the beauty of Swiss nature should definitely visit this place. The incredibly beautiful Stein glacier is the main attraction of this place.
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