Each year the Geneva Motor Show looks into the future of the automobile industry: as well as exceptional designs and the latest features, this also means engines with ever lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
Be aware of the road signs, and what they mean, in Switzerland...
Motorway signs (autoroute/autobahn): green background (be aware that in France, Austria and Germany the motorway signs are blue)
Other road direction signs: blue background
Prohibition signs: red border and have a black symbol over white background
Obligation signs: narrow white border and a white symbol over blue background
Kettenobligatorium or Chaînes à neige obligatoires: means that snow chains must be put on the tyres. In winter, insurance companies will not accept responsibility for vehicles that do not have winter tyres
Drinking and Driving
Understand the blood alcohol laws in Switzerland...
Driving under the influence of alcohol in Switzerland: The blood/alcohol limit in Switzerland is 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood (0.5 grams/litre).
Drivers with an alcohol level between 0.5 g/l and 0.79 g/l will be charged with a fine and could be taken to jail.
If the level is higher than 0.8 g/l, in addition to the fine and the possibility of being arrested, the driver's licence will be confiscated for at least three months.
If a passenger of a drunk driver has a driving licence, they are equally responsible
The police have the right to perform spot breathalyser tests.
It is mandatory throughout Switzerland that all children under the age of 12 to be strapped into child restraints (baby seats, child seats, booster seats and booster cushions), unless they measure more than 150 cm.
If a baby seat is installed on the passenger seat facing away from the traffic, the air bags must be deactivated.