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Getting Around by Car

The Netherlands offers an extensive road network with safe and clear road signs. In general the roads are well maintained and designed with the latest innovations for safe and pleasant driving. The Netherlands is statistically one of the safest countries in the world to drive in.

Rules on the road:

  • Drive on the right hand side of the road
  • As a general rule, at an intersection or cross-roads, all the cars coming from the right hand side have the right-of-way. The only exceptions are when there is a traffic light or a series of painted triangles pointing towards the car which means the same as a stop sign
  • Before making a turn motorists must wait for cyclists continuing on, to clear the intersection
  • Parking violations are severely punished. Look for signs that say ‘betaald parkeren’ (paid parking) or a blue sign with a white P in the middle
  • Wearing your seat belt is mandatory
  • Children under 12 must sit in the back seat
  • The speed limits, unless otherwise marked, are 50km in cities and towns, 80km on secondary roads and 100km or 120km on highways
  • Using a cell phone while driving is allowed as long as it is hands free.

We advice visitors to consult the Dutch traffic rules published by the Ministry of Transport & Public Works online:

Road traffic signs and regulations in the Netherlands(PDF)

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