Driving in Estonia is hassle-free but security measures should be taken as car crime can be a problem. Avoid drawing attention to your hire vehicle by making sure that nothing is left in the vehicle when it is un-occupied.
Tips for driving in Estonia
Which side of the road do they drive on?
Drive on the right, overtake on the left. Unless otherwise indicated, vehicles coming from the right have priority at junctions.
If fitted, seat belts must be worn at all times by all occupants of the vehicle.
Driving with children
Children under 12 and not yet tall enough to use an adult seat belt must use a child restraint or child seat suitable for their size and weight. If a rear facing child restraint is used in the front seat, the airbag must be deactivated.
Blood alcohol limit
There is zero tolerance policy on drink driving in Estonia. No amount of alcohol found to be in the blood is legal.
Can I use a mobile?
It’s illegal to use a mobile unless you have a hands-free kit.
Reflective vests, triangles & other essentials
It is compulsory to carry a fire extinguisher, 2 warning triangles, a first aid kit, and 2 wheel chocks for parking.
Do I need winter tyres?
Between December 1st and March 1st, winter tyres must be fitted although these dates can vary from October to April depending on the weather.
It is illegal to overtake a tram that is letting passengers off.
Ensure you don’t park on tram lines. Car theft and break-ins are not uncommon. Do not leave any valuables in the vehicle and use a secure car park if possible. A pay and display system is also used although illegally parked cars will be clamped and heavy fines can be imposed.
On the spot fines
Estonian police can impose but not collect on the spot fines. If you agree to the amount of the fine, it must be paid within 14 days. Speeding is a serious offence and even the smallest indiscretion can result in a fine.
Horns and headlights
Headlights must be switched on at all times.
What should I do if I have an accident?
If you’re in an accident, you MUST notify the Police and the supplier and get an accident report for insurance purposes. Failure to do so may result in you footing the whole bill. It is also recommended to contact us at the same time to ensure you follow the correct procedure.
What should I do if I breakdown?
If you breakdown in Estonia, you must put on a reflective jacket and place the reflective triangles behind and in front of the vehicle to warn other drivers. Call the car rental provider who will be able to advise you further.