Driving on the continent How not to annoy the locals

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Have you ever had any dilemmas about driving in Europe? Drinking alcohol when driving is absolutely out of question, but, how about drinking water? Smoking can be overlooked as a social-cultural trait in Greece, but is it allowed to smoke there when at the wheel? The old saying "slowly but surely" may prove right in Finland, where in winter the speed limit drops by 20km/h on most motorways.

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Abbey Ireland & UK is part of the Abbey Group which was established in 1978. It is an internationally recognised award winning Destination Management Company. The company has centrally located offices in Dublin, Edinburgh and London. With over 160 permanent staff and with overseas representatives in ten key markets, the Abbey Group is recognised as the market leader within our sector.

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