Latvia Driving Advice and Car Hire Info

Driving In Latvia
Dipped headlights should be used at all times and winter tyres will be needed between December and March. Road standards are generally good but driving standards are generally lower than in most western European cities – Latvia has one of the highest road accident and fatality rates in Europe. This is probably not helped by the country’s severe winter weather. If you visit in winter take extreme care if you aren’t used to driving in snow, ice and fog. The police are very keen on applying drink driving laws and the legal limit is low at 0.02{7f4422d59222ef42e86be9359b1bf1dbe011d48d1cfdf8d1c820b409fb7ac6f1} (half the UK level). Expect a heavy fine or even a jail sentence if you’re caught drinking and driving.

In Riga, watch out for a scam in car parks which I got caught by! The currency of neighbouring Lithuania is the Lita and is 1 Lita is worth about 20{7f4422d59222ef42e86be9359b1bf1dbe011d48d1cfdf8d1c820b409fb7ac6f1} of 1 Lat. The coins look identical. The conman approaches a tourist with 10 1 Lat coins and asks if they can change them for a 10 Lat note- the car park machine isnt working and will only accept notes. The tourist does the swap only to find that instead of 10 Lats he’s been given 10 Litas, and has lost 80{7f4422d59222ef42e86be9359b1bf1dbe011d48d1cfdf8d1c820b409fb7ac6f1} of the value. The conman is usually smartly dressed and very plausible so watch out for this one!

Latvia Car Rental –
Sixt , Hertz, Europcar, Alamo, National,Avis, Budget, Thrifty, Dollar, have branches here.Also usually features on Car rental broker sites such as Argus Car Hire and Web discount sites such as or Expedia

These are local companies –

Latvia Self Drive Rules-
You’ll generally be able to take the car to most mainland European countries including UK. There may be restrictions on taking the car to some Eastern European locations. One way rentals should be available to Estonia and Lithuania for an additional charge (Sixt charge 100 euros)

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