Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Europe on the road

We managed to clock up nearly 4000 kilometres on our summer holiday to Croatia.
We drove through Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 
Italy and Switzerland, saw the number plates of over twenty different nationalities.
We spent around 70 hours in the car. Some journeys the GPS told us would take eight hours 
would turn into fourteen as we came upon holiday traffic, tolls, border crossings and accidents.

All places have their own driving quirks, with most drivers picking up the habits of
the location. The drivers in my home town of Perth, Western Australia will NOT
merge, drives me crazy every time I go home!

I had lots of time to observe the drivers from all over Europe and their driving styles,
 which work well when everyone is driving to the same 'rules' but when you put
many nationalities on the same stretch of motorway the different driving styles become obvious
and sometimes quite scary when mixed together!

European Numberplate: Romania
European Numberplate: Belgium
European Numberplate: Austria
It appeared that Austrians aren't fans of merging...I wonder if those Austrians who
migrated to Perth are the reason behind Perth's non merging stance!

European Numberplate: Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosnia and Herzegovina
The Bosnians were either crazy, passing on blind bends or really, really slow,
nothing in between, though mostly they were crazy!

European Numberplate: Slovakia
European Numberplate: Germany
Germans like to drive really fast...the have their no limit Autobahns after all.
They also tailgate which can be far more intimidating. If you leave a gap, they will fill it.
Look in your rear view mirror and they will be so close you can barely see them,
get used to it, somehow it Germany!

European Numberplate: Switzerland
European Numberplate: Netherlands
Ninety per cent of the Dutch cars on the road to Croatia had a caravan attached. 
If they had no caravan they had a rooftop storage pod or a trailer carrying everything
from sun loungers to the kitchen sink, nearly all had a bicycle or four secured somehow.

European Numberplate: Italy
The Italian drivers were the masters of  speeding and weaving in and out, none of this passing 
in the left lanes only! Unnerving to have someone overtake from the inside lane
after living in England and Germany! Another thing Perth drivers a good at
and something I don't miss from home...lots of Italians in Perth!

European Numberplate: Serbia
European Numberplate: Albania
European Numberplate: Montenegro
European Numberplate: Luxembourgh
European Numberplate: Great Britian
Great Britain
Not too many Brits on the road to Croatia. Brits must be the most polite drivers on the planet. 
Always allowing others to merge, stopping to let cars turn in front of them in heavy traffic
and always the 'thank you' wave! I miss driving in the UK!

European Numberplate: Norway
These Norwegians were a long way from home!

European Numberplate: Slovenia
We were behind this Slovenian car at a border crossing and I noticed this.....
Aussies on the road in Europe
Australian stickers on the car...My little family wouldn't let me get out and ask if they were
Australians like us...spoil sports...not often you see another car with an Aussie flag in Europe!

It was also noted that the back number plate was always far cleaner....

Than the front number plate! Bugs from Russia...with love!

European Numberplate: Spain
A long way from home!

European Numberplate: Estonia
Also a long way from home!

As an Aussie it was pretty cool seeing so many nationalities on the road at the same time.
This blog post has my opinions of drivers I noticed in my lengthy times in our car on this trip. 
I am not saying that ALL Germans tailgate or ALL Bosnians are crazy drivers....
This post is also not an indication of my skills as a photographer. 
Many of these photos were taken on the road, as a passenger...obviously...
 and have been heavily cropped for privacy.


  1. I'm surprised you got the plate photos while in the car. I'd have thought they were parked somewhere when you snapped them. I'm guessing the circle of stars stands for the EU? I don't think I noticed license plates when we were in England in June. We were in a car only twice and one of those was a taxi trip through London to our rental flat. Hair raising considering we are used to driving on the right side.

    1. About half the plate photos were taken in car parks...the clearer ones! The circle of stars is EU, I should have mentioned that. Not all UK plates have the circle or GB, our old UK car we have in Germany doesn't so we have a GB sticker on the back. I am used to driving on the was fine in UK, a little scary in Europe but I am getting used to driving on the 'wrong' side of the road. I don't drive our left hand drive car on the right side here...though I have driven our Right hand drive car on the left in the UK...that was enough!

  2. You can choose between the old national plate or the new european plate. Thereby it indicates how proud the people are to be part of europe. Thats why you see not many of those in england.