The speed limit of 110 km/h on state roads will no longer apply from Friday 20 November.
An important change this year is that on all 2+1 and some 2+2 sections of road the speed limit will be 100 km/h. All other roads will have a speed limit of 90 km/h.
“With speed limits still being high, drivers will have to assume more responsibility for safe driving in winter conditions, choosing the appropriate speed according to the road and driving conditions,” said Siim Vaikmaa, the head of the Estonian Road Administration's Traffic Control Centre. “And we’d like to remind everyone that the upper speed limit isn’t the speed you have to drive at.”
Of the 2+2 roads in the country, a speed limit of 100 km/h will remain in effect on the Tallinn ring road and some sections of the Tallinn-Tartu and Tallinn-Narva highways (see attached). The speed limit will be raised on roads with a traffic environment capable of supporting it. A speed limit of 90 km/h will remain in effect on roads where there is a greater risk of accidents involving animals or pedestrians.
If the driving conditions are good, the Road Administration retains the right to raise the speed limit (using flash message signs) to up to 110 km/h during daylight hours in winter on the Laagri-Ääsmäe section of the Tallinn-Pärnu highway and the Kose-Võõbu section of the Tallinn-Tartu highway.
For winter, a speed limit of 110 km/h will remain in effect on 36 km of road and 100 km/h on 99 km of road.
The speed limits need to be lowered because cold weather can make roads slippery. To safely reach their destination, drivers will need to be careful, choosing the appropriate speed and driving style according to the road conditions – driving at the highest permitted speed is not a requirement. As the roads are more slippery in winter, drivers need to pay more attention to the road and other drivers.
We recommend visiting the website tarktee.ee in order to check the current conditions before setting out. Drivers should check their cars and their accessories ahead of winter. It is important that they be in good technical condition and prepared for the winter season. Make sure that the brakes, lights and windscreen wipers are all working. Using studded tyres has been allowed since 15 October and it is mandatory to use winter tyres from 1 December.
Pictures are the sections of road where the speed limits of 100 and 110 km/h will remain in effect for winter.