Traffic drives on the right and the legal driving age in Finland is 18 years. The speed limit is 50kph (31mph) in built-up areas, 120kph (75mph) on motorways and 80-100kph (50-62mph) elsewhere. In winter, the limit outside built-up areas drops by 20kph. It should be noted that cars entering a junction from the right always have right of way, even when the car is on a minor road. All motor vehicles must have headlights on at all times. An EU driving licence or an International Driving Permit are required to drive in Finland. EU nationals taking their cars to Helsinki should obtain a Green Card from their home insurance company. All drivers must be fully insured and accidents must be reported promptly to Liikennevakuutuskeskus, the Finnish Motor Insurance Centre (tel: (09) 680 401; www.liikennevakuutuskeskus.fi).
There are some hazards specific to Finland that drivers should be aware of. Although well maintained, Finnish roads can be hazardous in winter and all vehicles must use winter tyres from December to February. When driving through rural areas, be wary of elk and reindeer on the carriageway, particularly at dusk. Additional information is available from Autoliitto - Automobile and Touring Club of Finland (tel: (09) 7258 4400; www.autoliitto.fi), which also runs the emergency service Tiepalvelu.