Exception: If your car stalls on the motorway you are permitted to tow it on the hard shoulder, but only until the next exit.
Drive a vehicle that is not designed to drive at a speed of at least 40 km/h.
Exception: It is forbidden to drive an EU moped on the motorway, even though they are allowed to go up to 45 km/h.
Drive a tractor or heavy equipment
Exception: You are permitted to drive a piece of class I heavy equipment if it is set up as a mobile crane.
The following signage is used for motorway exits:
First comes at least one preparatory direction and exit sign. The shape of the arrow shows you that there is a stretch of road left before you need to turn. This sign specifies the distance to the exit.
Following the preparatory signs comes the actual direction and exit sign. The shape of the arrow shows you that the turn is coming up.
Right where the exit departs from the motorway, there is an exit plate.
Risks associated with the motorway
Motorways are generally safe to drive on. However, there are a few risks that you should pay particular attention to:
Same level of safety and same rules as on a motorway, except:
Traffic is not always separated into different carriageways. There is thus a possibility of oncoming traffic.
There are no acceleration lanes and exits may be shorter than on motorways.
It is not forbidden to use the hard shoulder.
As the safety requirements are not as strict on clearways, they have more frequent accidents than the motorways.
2+1 road that prevents head-on collisions.
However, many clearways have been fitted with cable barriers, making them into so called 2+1 roads. These are very effective in preventing head-on collisions.
When you slow down after driving fast over a longer period of time, it will probably seem to you that you are driving slower than you actually are. This phenomenon is called velocitization and can result in you misjudging distances and your stopping distance.
The risk of velocitization increases with
Wide roads without any distractions.
Quiet and comfortable cars.
Driving fast for a long time.
Heavy lorries may drive at a maximum 90 km/h on motorways and clearways. On other types of road, the maximum speed for heavy lorries is 80 km/h.