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Driving trucks in winter in Norway is a hazardous job. This survival guide may help you overcome the problems of driving over snowy roads of norway.

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TRUCKERS GUIDEto driving in Norway

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Presented by Donna Diesel!vegvesen.no /donnadiesel

Knut Opeide

2012

Donna Diesels TipsDriverBring your driving licence Bring your passport Bring your European Health Insurance Card Bring your commercial driving licence Bring warm clothing and footwear Bring food and something hot to drink Bring along a shovel Bring along an ice scraper(For drivers from countries outside EU/EEA, see page 24 under Driver)

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CHECKLISTVehicle and trailerSnow chains Alcohol in the braking system (older vehicles) Tow chain Wheel chocks Sand Full tank of fuel

Useful wordsNorwegian Bensin Blyfri Bremser Bremsevske Diesel Gass ClutchHjulkjetting English Petrol Unleaded Brakes Brake fluid Diesel Gas Clutch Tyre chains Right Left Check Antifreeze Mechanic Oil Flat battery Charge Flat tyre Air Fuse Accelerator Power Petrol station Replace Spare wheel Water Road list

Hyre Venstre Kontrollere Kjlevske Mekaniker Olje Flatt batteri Lade Punktering Luft Sikring Gasspedal Strm

Are you prepared to meet winter road conditions?

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ContentsTopic PageTips from Donna Diesel ................................................................................................................................................................... 2 Preface.................................................................................................................................................................................................... 5 About Donna Diesel ..........................................................................................................................................................................6 Facts .........................................................................................................................................................................................................7 Information about road and traffic conditions......................................................................................................................8 10 rules for heavy vehicle operators driving in tunnels .................................................................................................... 9 Safe driving in tunnels....................................................................................................................................................................10 Driving in Norway ...........................................................................................................................................................................12 Requirements: chains and tread depth...................................................................................................................................13 How to put universal chains on your tyres ...........................................................................................................................15 Roads with limited passability ....................................................................................................................................................17 Ferry stretches ...................................................................................................................................................................................21 Paying at Norwegian toll plazas ................................................................................................................................................22 Laws, regulations and rules of the road ................................................................................................................................24 Driving and resting time regulations summary ..............................................................................................................32 24-hour rest areas ..........................................................................................................................................................................33 Donnas food tips ............................................................................................................................................................................34 Driving on slippery roads .............................................................................................................................................................35 Distances .............................................................................................................................................................................................39 Notes ....................................................................................................................................................................................................40

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PrefaceIn this guide, the Norwegian Public Roads Administration has gathered important information that foreign heavy-vehicle operators need to know in order to drive safely in Norway. The guide provides a list of roads that are closed during winter and of ferry crossings, information on required tyre equipment and wheel chains and a number of relevant laws and regulations applicable to heavy-vehicle driving in Norway. The Truckers Guide is translated into Danish, English, Finnish, French, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and German. The Truckers Guide is available on our website, www.vegvesen.no/ donnadiesel. During spring 2012, the Truckers Guide will be made available in a printed version in all languages.

The laws and regulations given in this guide are up-to-date as of 1 March 2012.

Have a safe trip!

Bodil Rnning Dreyer Director of Roads and Traffic Norwegian Public Roads Administration

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About Donna DieselDoNNA DIESEL is the name of an information campaign for foreign heavy-vehicle operators driving on Norwegian winter roads. The reason for launching the campaign is the use of heavy vehicles in the increasing import and export of goods across the Norwegian borders.The campaign features a cartoon character named Donna Diesel, who presents in an understandable way what commercial drivers can expect on Norwegian winter roads.

Who is Donna Diesel?Donna Diesel a Norwegian commercial driver with lots of experience. For many years she has transported goods from various places in Europe to all parts of Norway.

Drama on Norwegian winter roadsDuring these years she has experienced a lot on the roads, but the most dramatic situations always occur on Norwegian winter roads. She has seen trailers overturned and stuck in the mountains. Once she saw a vehicle combination sliding backwards several hundred metres down a steep slope. Luckily no one was hurt, but that was only because the driver was very lucky.

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Donna Diesels 5 remindersRIGHTDistribute your load properly Use snow chains

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Be prepared!On Norwegian winter roads you cannot trust luck alone. The only things you can trust are appropriate equipment, responsible driving and being your own best friend behind the wheel. Norway is a difficult country to drive in, with many winding roads and a lot of snow during winter. These are normal conditions since most of the country consists of mountainous terrain. Drivers who are first impressed with the good roads at the border face a challenging trip ahead of them. But proper equipment can help you avoid many dangerous situations.

Use winter tyres

Take breaks

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Choose the right route

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FACTS

Signs marking priority roads

(figures as of 7 May 2012) Land area (incl. Svalbard and Jan Mayen): 385 186 km2 Population About 5 million Population density 14.6/km Main language Norwegian Capital city Oslo 613 285 Major cities Bergen 263 762 Trondheim 176 348 National roads 10 400 km County roads 44 300 km

Facts about Norway

Priority road

End of priority road

The Norwegian Customs and Excise Authority impose customs and excise fees. The Norwegian municipalities are largely responsible for enforcing parking regulations.

Duty to yield right of way

Currency

There is a standard duty to yield to traffic coming from the right. Main roads are normally priority roads. If a main road runs through a city or town, you may have to yield to traffic from local roads. This will be marked by the sign End of priority road.

The Norwegian krone (abbreviated Kr or NOK) is the currency of Norway. 1 Euro = about 8 NOK Coins and banknotes Coins: 1, 5, 10 and 20 kroner Banknotes: 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 kr notes

Lights

The use of low beam lights or daytime driving lights is mandatory at all times.

Blood alcohol limit

Travel informationSee www.vegvesen.no

The permissible blood alcohol limit is 0.02 per cent. If you drive with a blood alcohol content exceeding this limit, your driving licence may be confiscated and you may be punished by a fine or imprisonment. In addition, you can be banned from driving in Norway.

Standard opening hours

Banks: Weekdays: 08.30 15.30. (Most banks are closed on Saturdays.) Some banks have shorter business hours during the summer months. Post offices: MondayFriday: 08.00 17.00. Saturday: 08.00 14.00. Shops: Most shops are open Monday to Saturday, with shorter business hours on Saturdays. Some supermarkets are open Sundays. Petrol stations: On parts of the road network, there may be long distances between petrol stations. This applies especially to mountain passes. There are several 24hour petrol stations. Most of the 24-hour stations are found along the main roads.

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