Situated on the Baltic Sea coast, Latvia is bordered by the other two Baltic Republics, Estonia in the North and Lithuania to the South. Inland away from the coast the country becomes lush and hilly with superb forests and lakes to delight the visitor. Almost all the main cities are worth a visit for their well preserved architecture
Driving on the right hand side of the road may be a new experience for some visitors as may well be the use of kilometres to measure distance - one good thing about using a rental car is that it will be adapted to local conditions with the steering on the left hand side and the speedometer marked in kilometres per hour.
The availability of rentals cars is very good throughout Latvia and there is usually no problem in arranging for a hire car to be left at a different location from where it was originally rented.
Dipped headlights must be used during daylight hours.
The speed limits in Latvia are:
On Motorways the limit is 100 kilometres per hour. This equates to about 62 miles per hour. On other roads not showing any lower restriction the limit is 90 kilometres per hour, that's 56 miles per hour. In towns the limit is 50 kilometres per hour, or 31 miles per hour.
Drivers face severe penalties if found driving with more than 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood.
Persons under the age of 18 years are not allowed to drive in Latvia even though they may hold a driving licence issued in another country.
The wearing of seat belts is compulsory and children must be carried in a child safety seat.
Before you drive away check that your hire car has a warning triangle as these must be carried in Latvia.
These notes are intended only to draw attention to some of the rules and regulations that apply to driving in Latvia. They are not an exhaustive or complete set of regulations and may be superseded by changes in the law at any time. The publishers can accept no responsibility for any problem that may arise because drivers have failed to satisfy all the relevant legislation in any country in which they may use a vehicle hired through this site. It remains the responsibility of the driver to satisfy himself or herself that they are aware of all the relevant legislation that affects their conduct and the driving of vehicles in any country in which they may find themselves.
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