1. What is the unique characteristic of driving in Turin?
Turin, like the rest of Italy, drives on the right-hand side of the road. This is crucial for campervan operators to remember especially when manoeuvring larger vehicles.
2. What are the speed limits in Turin?
Speed limits vary depending on where you are. In urban areas, the limit is usually 50 km/h. On main roads outside towns it's 90 km/h, and on motorways, it's 130 km/h. Keep an eye out for any posted signs as limits may vary, particularly in school zones, and always adjust to weather conditions.
3. Do I need a special driving licence?
You do need a full valid driving licence to operate a campervan in Italy. International visitors should also have their passport for ID and an International Driving Permit.
4. What are my responsibilities regarding tolls?
Most of Italy's motorways are toll roads. You can pay these tolls with cash, cards, or the Telepass system. Prices of the tolls vary depending on the road and distance.
5. Do I need to worry about speed cameras?
Yes, there are several speed cameras on Italian roads, including fixed and mobile devices. Fines can be heavy so be mindful of the speed limits.
6. Can I park anywhere in Turin?
No. There are certain areas with restricted parking. Watch for signs to guide you about when and where you can park.
7. What safety rules should I know before driving?
Seat belts are mandatory for all passengers, and using your mobile while driving is strictly forbidden unless you have a hands-free system. As a general rule, the driver and passenger side must always have their headlights on, even during the day. Also, be extra cautious when driving in the rain, as roads can be slippery.
8. Are there any specific rules for driving a campervan?
While there are no special rules for driving a campervan, it does fall into a different category due to its size. This might affect where you can drive or park. Always be cautious when navigating narrow streets and low bridges.
9. What are the rules regarding child safety?
All children under 36 kg or 150 cm must use a suitable child restraint system appropriate for their weight and size. You cannot carry children under 12 in the front seat unless they are in a specially adapted restraint system.
10. What to do in case of an accident?
You should immediately call the police, your insurance company and your campervan rental company. The European Emergency Number is 112 and can be dialled for free anywhere in the EU.
11. Can I drive in ZTL zones with my campervan?
The ZTL ('Zona a traffico limitato') are areas with restricted traffic in many Italian cities, including Turin. Unless you have a permit or it's a specific time when restrictions are lifted, you should avoid entering these areas as you could receive a fine.
12. How to act around pedestrian crossings?
Pedestrians have right of way at marked crossings. Upon approaching a pedestrian crossing, vehicles, including bicycles, must slow down and stop if anyone is crossing or about to cross.
13. What preparations should I do before my trip?
Always study the route beforehand and check for any roadwork or closures that may disrupt your journey. Load up on travel essentials like water, food, map, and a first-aid kit, especially if you've planned a long trip.
14. What should I know about fuel?
There are plenty of petrol stations across Italy. It's a good habit to fill up your tank when it's half empty, especially when travelling in rural areas where stations might be sparse. Acceptance of credit cards varies, so having some cash with you is a good idea.
15. What are the recommended rest stops for my campervan?
Italy has a network of rest stops called 'Aire de Service', where campervan drivers can stop, fill up their water, empty waste, and sometimes even get electricity. Keep an eye out for these sites for a convenient pitstop.