1. What is the driving side in Helsinki, and the country of this city?
In Helsinki, as well as the rest of Finland, traffic drives on the right-hand side of the road.
2. Are there any special driving rules in Helsinki?
Yes, there are big cities, like Helsinki need special attention to the tramway lanes. They are part of traffic and follow the same rules but require a degree of caution when overtaking or making turns.
3. How are speed limits generally set in and around Helsinki?
Speed limits vary depending on location: in built-up areas the limit is generally 50 km/h, outside town it is 80 km/h. On motorways, the limit is 120 km/h from April to October, reducing to 100 km/h in winter.
4. What type of driving licence do I need to drive a campervan in Helsinki?
A full, valid UK driving licence is sufficient to drive in Helsinki and across Finland. If your licence is not in English, an international driving permit is recommended.
5. How accurate are speed cameras and how are they used in Helsinki?
Speed cameras are common in and around Helsinki and are known for their accuracy. Fines are issued based on the driver's income and can be quite hefty.
6. Are there any toll roads in Helsinki, or its countryside?
There are no toll roads in Finland. All costs related to the use of roads are covered by vehicle and fuel taxes.
7. Where am I allowed to park my campervan in Helsinki and the rest of the country?
You may park in any public parking area, provided it is not signposted as prohibited. Also, there are several designated campervan parking areas in and around Helsinki.
8. What should I know about traffic congestion in Helsinki?
Helsinki, like any other major city, can have heavy traffic especially during rush hours (from 7-9 am and 4-6 pm on weekdays).
9. Is there anything specific to be aware of while driving a campervan in Helsinki?
Remember to consider the height and length of your campervan when planning your journey, particularly in city areas where some streets may have height restrictions.
10. How strictly are traffic rules enforced in Helsinki?
Traffic rules are strictly enforced in Helsinki, with heavy fines imposed for violations.
11. What's the protocol if I receive a traffic fine whilst driving in Helsinki?
If you receive a traffic fine, it is to be paid at a bank or by an online transfer. It is not usual for the police to collect the fine at the time of the offence.
12. How do I use a roundabout in Helsinki?
At roundabouts, the drivers inside the roundabout have the right-of-way.
13. Is it compulsory to use headlights during the day while driving in Helsinki?
Yes, the use of headlights is required at all times when driving in Finland, regardless of the weather or time of year.
14. What do I do if I encounter wildlife on the roads?
If you encounter wildlife on the roads, make sure to reduce your speed and pass by carefully, avoid sudden movements that can scare them into your path.
15. Can I use a hands-free kit whilst driving a campervan in Helsinki?
Yes, the use of a hands-free kit is allowed. However, it's still recommended to avoid any distractions that might interfere with safe driving.