A screengrab of the by-country safety regulation menu on the 'Going Abroad' app. Screengrab
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What's the speed limit in France? Or Spain?

New app provides by-country road safety details for motorists in the EU.

If you’re planning on driving in the EU this summer, you might find a new app outlining the local road safety information by country very useful.

The ‘Going Abroad’ app, released today by the European Commission, details regulations for speed, alcohol and drug limits, as well as mandatory safety requirements around the EU. For example, rental cars in Malta must have a fire extinguisher on board, while drivers in Belgium must wear a safety vest when working on broken-down vehicles on motorways or roads where stopping/parking is prohibited.

Other useful road safety information provided on the app includes details on which lanes are forbidden for stopping in or are reserved for particular road users, such as trucks or farm vehicles.

The free iPhone, Android and Windows smartphone app also carries a quiz game for drivers to test their new-found knowledge of EU road safety regulations.

EU Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas said that while the summer holiday period is the busiest on Europe’s roads, “many people don’t realise that rules and road signs differ across the EU”.

July and August are the most dangerous months on EU roads, with an average of 50% more road deaths compared to the ‘safest’ month, February.

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