When driving in Stavanger, the rules of the road are strict: you drive on the right, with dipped headlights required at all times; seat belts are compulsory for drivers and all passengers. There’s a speed limit of 30kph (18mph) in residential areas and up to 100kph (62mph) on motorways. Chains and/or winter tyres are required in winter and many roads, including major roads, are closed before, during and after snow falls.
All EU/EEA driving licences are honoured in Norway, but other nationals need (or are recommended to have) an International Driving Permit. For foreigners, no form of provisional licence is accepted. If you’re bringing your own car, you must have vehicle registration papers, adequate insurance, a first-aid kit and a warning triangle. A Green Card (available from your insurers or motoring organisation) isn't compulsory, but is helpful. The minimum driving age is 18.
The Norwegian Automobile Federation (NAF) (tel: 08505, in Norway only or +47 9260 8505; www.naf.no) operates an emergency breakdown service which can be used by anyone who is a member of a major international motoring organisation.