For the law abiding driver, stopping for a rest break can be extremely frustrating when those around you are supping on cool pints of lager or indulging in a glass of fine red wine.
Not being able to imbibe certainly reduces the appeal of a holiday road trip, but international drink-driving laws need not scupper your car driving ambitions.
For example, in Italy alcohol is not the only liquid vice you can enjoy, with the country renowned as one of the best places to drink coffee in the world. By making a beeline for Italy's top coffee bars, you can have a journey to remember without worrying about going cold turkey.
Plus, thanks to its energy-boosting properties, coffee is the perfect drink for keeping you alert on the road in between stops - although it shouldn't be used as a substitute for sleep!
If you're interested in hiring a car in Milan or one of Italy's other main cities, Auto Europe can help get you on your way.
Once you've got your set of wheels, you can then get motoring around some of the finest countryside in Europe, making sure to stop regularly to indulge in Italy's incredible coffee culture - observing best etiquette at all times.
This dictates that milky coffees are only drank in the morning and never after meals, you ask for "un caffe" rather than an "espresso" and that you should stand to drink it rather than sit down. The last rule is certainly a good way of stretching your legs after driving for a few hours.
Before you've even left Italy's fashion capital you should certainly head to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, where you'll find both luxury haute couture and the spectacular Caffe Miani (aka Zucca), once frequented by Verdi. Shop until you drop and then sit down for "un caffe".
From Milan, you can head eastwards along the A4 until you reach Verona, home of Romeo and Juliet. Before visiting Juliet's balcony, prepare yourself for the day ahead with a cappuccino at the highly regarded - by both tourists and Italians - Caffe Borsari.
An hour and a half to the south along the A22 is Parma, where you have a chance to catch an operatic performance at the spectacular Teatro Regio. Of course, Parma is best known for its ham and cheese, but you can also get a fabulous cup of coffee at the T Cafe on Strada Duomo.
Another two hours to the south via the A1 is Florence, one of the most architecturally stunning cities in the world. Gems for coffee include Chiaroscuro on Via del Corso and Donnini Caffe.
To avoid heading too far from your starting point, you can then swing east from Florence to nearby Pisa, famous for its leaning tower. Even though its only an hour from Florence, you'll no doubt want to stop for a caffe latte before you start making your way north along the coast to Genoa, which is nicknamed 'the superb one' due to its impressive landmarks. These include the St Lawrence Cathedral, Piazza de Ferrari and the Doge's Palace.
Enjoy one last coffee, before hitting the A7 for the return leg to Milan where you can return your car and catch your flight home.