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Road safety

Set the wheels of safety in motion
Whether you’re on two wheels or four – or sixteen for that matter – you want to keep them all firmly on the road. Here are some tips to keep you on the straight and narrow.
Road safety: A car with kayaks on the roof driving the ascending road loop Knuten in Geiranger, Fjord Norway
Driving at Knuten in Geiranger.
Photo: Samuel Taipale / Visitnorway.com
Emergency telephone numbers

Keep in mind that there might not be cell phone coverage where you are heading. Emergency telephones can be found on mountain stretches and in tunnels.

110 – Fire
112 – Police
113 – Ambulance
120 – Emergency at sea
22 59 13 00 – Poisons Information Centre
1412 TDD (textphone for the deaf or hearing impaired)

In Norway, drivers and cyclists often share the road and thus must follow the same traffic rules. Read more about bike safety.

Car safety

Driving a car is one of the best ways to experience Norway at your own pace. But the driving conditions can sometimes be harsh, especially during winter. If you’re crossing mountains or driving far on smaller roads, you should keep warm clothes, food, and water in the car. Also note that fuel stations may be few and far between in the mountains and other remote areas, especially in Northern Norway.

Speed limits

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Easy on the brakes

Brakes may overheat at long downhill stretches. To avoid this, drive in a low gear. Eventual braking will require less force and brakes will stay cool. When driving uphill, watch the car’s temperature gauge to avoid engine overheating in time.

The Atlantic Road
The Atlantic Road.
Photo: Heine Schjølberg

Conditions can be quite rough
The Atlantic Road
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Mountain passes

Note that weather conditions can cause mountain passes to close, especially during heavy snow and strong wind. Some of the higher mountain passes can get snowfall and frost when there are summer conditions in the lowlands, particularly in April/May and September/October.

Lights on at all times

Dipped headlights are mandatory at all times, even in the middle of the brightest summer day. This includes mopeds and motorcycles. If your car is a right-hand drive, you must use black triangles on your headlights to avoid dazzling other drivers.

Seat belts and safety seats

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Don’t drink and drive – alcohol limit

Driving and drinking do not mix, and especially so in Norway. Alcohol laws are very strict, and penalties from driving under the influence are severe. The legal limit is 0,02% blood alcohol and applies to the driver of any motorized vehicle. Medications to avoid if you intend to drive are marked with a red triangle.

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In case of an accident

In case of a breakdown or an accident, all vehicles must have at least one high-visibility vest, a warning triangle, and third-party insurance.

Emergency telephones can be found on mountain stretches and in tunnels. For 24 hour salvage or technical assistance, three of the largest roadside assistance companies in Norway are:

NAF: (+47) 23 21 31 00
Falck: (+47) 02 222
Viking: (+47) 06 000

Road signs

The Norwegian road signs are regulated by The Norwegian Public Roads Administration. The signs follow the general European conventions when it comes to shape and colour. Any text will usually be in Norwegian. You can find a good overview of Norwegian traffic signs on Wikipedia.

Car travel

All you need to know about driving in Norway, from information on petrol stations and how to charge your electric car, to scenic route recommendations and toll road instructions.

Norwegian road signs

The Norwegian road signs are regulated by The Norwegian Public Roads Administration.

The signs follow the general European conventions when it comes to shape and colour. Any text will usually be in Norwegian.

You can find a good overview of Norwegian traffic signs on Wikipedia.

Stay safe wherever you are

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