Avoiding speeding tickets in Italy using the TomTom speed camera app
For some visitors to Europe the hardest thing to adjust to is the relative lack of speed limit signs. Across Europe drivers are required to know the various basic speed limits set out by the local traffic act. For example in Italy the urban speed limit is 50km/h, outside of town 90km/h, divided highway 110 km/h and finally 130 km/h on the autostrada . Those numbers are for normal passenger cars. Other types of vehicles can and do have lower speed limits. Avoiding speeding tickets in Italy requires you to not just know the limits but be able to identify the road you are on.
TomTom speed camera app
The TomTom speed camera app provides the same functionality that the standalone GPS does. Speed cameras warnings,speed limits and traffic jams. The app can be used in conjunction with the TomTom navigation app but can also be used with any other navigation app. In the image on the right you’ll see the speed limit over Google maps.
To use the speed camera app with the mapping app of your choice first start the navigation app and select your route. Return to the home screen. Start the TomTom app. At this point you’ll see the speed limit sign. Return to the navigation app. The process is harder to describe than it is to perform.
The performance of the app depends on the accuracy of your GPS. You have likely noticed at times your GPS gets confused. If you enter a tunnel,drive under a bridge or even if there is a nearby road. Any situation that might cause the GPS to incorrectly identify your location can cause problems. The app uses data. If you are on an expensive roaming contract this could be an issue for you. Even if you aren’t losing data connectivity will cause problems.
In general the performance of the app is quite good but you should endeavour to learn the speed limits. You won’t avoid speeding tickets in Italy by blaming the app.
Take the time to read the information provided in the Driving in Italy link. Remember if you are not using an European union drivers license you likely require an IDP. There may be road signs you aren’t familiar with. A few minutes of reading before your trip can save you a costly ticket or worse an accident.