Holders of a NZ or Australian drivers licence, planning to drive in ITALY or OUTSIDE THE EU, you MUST have an International Drivers Permit (IDP) - in conjunction with your national licence. Cost is approximately $25 from the AA (plus $15 for a photo - or take your own passport-sized photo).
We are not aware of any other EU countries where an IDP is compulsory, however it is recommended at such a relatively small cost.
No. It is, therefore, vital that you choose your size of vehicle carefully.
Please feel free to take your passengers and luggage into your nearest Peugeot showroom to ensure you fit before you make your reservation.
Diesel is approximately 10% cheaper than petrol in most countries through Europe. Even if diesel is a similar price to petrol (ie. Switzerland & UK), you will still go approximately 30% further on a tank of diesel v. a tank of petrol.
No. We recommend that you buy a good Michelin or similar Road Atlas from either a book shop, specialty map shop or on-line - either before you leave New Zealand or before you collect your vehicle. (Buying maps in Europe is a good idea as they are more likely to be printed with the local spelling of place names eg. Firenze instead of Florence etc.)
Other than this, have you considered a model with GPS, or purchasing a portable GPS unit? It is sure to save you HOURS of mapping your route, getting lost, difficult night driving etc.
Peugeot offer a very limited range of vehicles with Mud & Snow Tyres, plus "Grip Control" technology that meets the legal requirements (sometimes together with snow chains) in those countries that have specific requirements during the winter months.
Contact Peugeot EuroLease for more information if you intend driving in Europe from mid October to mid April.
There are toll roads throughout Europe and the way they "work" varies. In Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia for example, you must purchase a sticker (at fuel stations near the border) and display it on your windscreen. However, in most countries you pay as you get off toll roads - with the piece of paper obtained when entering the toll road telling the toll booth (either manned or not) where you entered (and when - so take care with your speed as you can get a speeding ticket if you have driven too quickly between toll gates!).
Wikipedia is a great source for information on different countries and their toll systems, although even in one country there can be serveral types of toll roads.
Note: debit cards are not usually accepted. Plenty of small notes/coins and standard Visa/Mastercard credit cards are recommended - as well as plenty of patience and a sense of humour.
In Portugal, new "electronic" toll roads are being introduced - refer www.visitportugal.com for more information.