The most important of them:
- driving in Latvia is on the right-hand side of the road;
- driving speed in cities - 50 km/h, outside cities – 90 km/h;
- the driver of the car and all passengers whose seats are equipped with safety belts, have to fasten their seat belts;
- the allowed alcohol content in the driver’s blood is 0.5 permilles;
- during daylight hours cars have to switch on the headlights or low beam lights;
- from 1 December to 1 March all cars and buses with full weight under 3.5 tons must have winter tyres. It is prohibited to drive vehicles that have tyres with spikes in the period from 1 May to 1 October;
- the vehicle must have a first aid kit, a fire extinguisher and emergency triangle sign. Children under the age of 10 can travel only in special child’s seat;
- violations of traffic rules can lead to a fine and penal points from 1 to 16. Information about the penal points accrued by citizens of other countries is forwarded to respective authorities of these countries;
- a driver who comes to Latvia from abroad is allowed to drive a vehicle if he or she has a driver’s licence issued by a European Union member state, or a driver’s licence which indicates the categories of vehicles defined by 1968 Convention on Road Traffic. Of course, the vehicle’s registration documents are also necessary.
Latviahas an extensive road network (there are no expressways in Latvia), and there is a petrol station in every larger settlement and on the most important roads. Usually one has to pay for the fuel after filling it; however, it is worth remembering that in Latvia there are also automatic petrol stations and petrol stations, where one must pay before filling up. All types of car petrol conforming to the standards of the European Union are available, and the price per litre is approximately 0.80 lats.
Visitors can come to Latvia also by mobile home, since the majority of camping sites have been adjusted for mobile home requirements. Note – there are two camping sites in Riga, which are located only a few minutes’ drive away from the city centre – “Riga Camping” in Ķīpsala (www.rigacamping.lv, open from 15 May to 15 September) and hotel camping “ABC” in Pārdaugava (www.hotelabc.lv, open all year).
More extensive information about car camping sites in Latvian, Russian, English and German is available from the homepage of the Latvian Camping Association – www.camping.lv. Information on motor tourism in Latvia is available from: http://tava.gov.lv/tava/index.php?kd_id=2815 A map of Latvia can be found at: www.ikarte.lv and www.1188.lv