Renting a car at Zurich Airport couldn’t be easier here at carhirezurichairport.co.uk. Search for a great value quote today. Its a great option for your skiing trip. Here are 4 tips for driving in Zurich that will keep you safe – and on the right side of the law.
Which side of the road?
It can be hard for a visitor from the UK to feel comfortable on the roads as the driving is done on the right side, not the left. This also means that those taking left turns must accommodate through traffic too. For UK drivers you also have to be aware that any sectioned lorry is going to make wide right turns. Often they have to turn right from the left passing lane, or swing out into the left to turn right. Be mindful of this difference.
Tip #1 – Make sure you are legal to drive in Zurich
To drive in Zurich you must be 18 years of age and have an International Driver’s License. You can get your IDL in your home country. Fines for driving without a license from Switzerland or an IDL can be stiff so don’t risk it.
Tip #2 – Stop for pedestrians and bicycles
You must stop for pedestrians and bicycles. Do not speed up and go around them, this is taken very seriously in Zurich.
Tip #3 – Obey all posted speed limits
Zurich police take their speed limits very seriously. Don’t think that just because there is no one around you can fly through. In Zurich they also use well hidden speed cameras and the fines are steep.
Tip #4 – Stop at yellow lights
There are also many hidden and obvious red camera lights in use in Zurich. Your best course of option is to always stop when a light turns yellow. Only continue through if you’re absolutely do not have time to stop – and that means absolutely.
Travellers from the UK and other countries have heard tales about how hard it is to drive in Zurich, and some web sites actively discourage you from renting a car. The reason it is so difficult to drive in the city is that city planners have purposely chosen to make it difficult.
Zurich is slowly shutting down inner city roads to become pedestrian walk ways and expanding their tram service line. Their goal is to eventually have a car-less city.