Belgium is the perfect place to experience a great mix of French and Flemish culture. There are many vibrant cities in Belgium. Bruges, considered the ‘Venice of the North’ is a popular destination for city breaks and short holidays. Other cities such as Ghent have a have a rich culture for those who are interested in exploring this historical medieval town.
Known for its tranquil surroundings, great older examples of architecture, fabulous food and abundance of museums and art galleries, Belgium has everything for the perfect, peaceful European holiday.
What are the roads like Belgium?
The majority of motorways in Belgium are toll-free and while most of the roads in the dense network of motorways are in good condition, many secondary roads are poorly maintained. It’s also worth noting that a lot of the motorway signs are somewhat misleading and unclear. Many motorway signs also vary as to whether the signs are in French or Flemish, which can be confusing.
What are Belgian drivers like?
On the whole, drivers in Belgian are both patient and courteous and driving standards are very good. If you decide to be patient and courteous, it will be recognised by Belgian drivers
What are the best times to drive?
It’s best to avoid cities during rush-hour, particularly Brussels which is renowned for early morning tailbacks. Otherwise, throughout the day and at weekends is recommended, but be sure to plan ahead and to take national holidays into account.
What are the driving laws?
It’s important to understand who to give priority to. Priority must be given to the right. Trams are always given priority as are buses that are pulling out in built up areas.
As pedestrian crossings are not controlled by traffic lights, the general rule is for vehicles to slow down on their approach and give way to pedestrians waiting to cross.
It is compulsory to wear seatbelts in both front and rear seats of the vehicle.
Children under 18 must wear an appropriate child restraint for their age whenever seated in the front or rear seats of the vehicle.
It is compulsory to travel with a reflective safety jacket in the vehicle in case of breakdown. The jacket must be worn by the driver as soon as they leave the vehicle.
It is also compulsory to travel with a warning triangle, fire extinguisher and First-Aid kit in the vehicle
If your vehicle is stationary, you must turn the engine off unless it’s absolutely necessary.
The use of cruise control is banned on some motorways that are prone to congestion.
Vehicles must be parked on the right hand side of the road.
You cannot use a mobile handset for calls, texts or internet while driving as this is against the law. It is recommended to use a hands-free kit if you want to speak on your mobile phone whilst driving.