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Travelling by car

Sunday, 24 June 2007

Tourists travelling through Poland or the country by car with trailer or caravan may count on good standard of services. Well-developed tourist facilities are located along major highways, including hotels, motels, guarded car parks, modern fuel stations, car service stations and repair workshops. Starter, a 24-hour road assistance service, is now being introduced in Poland.

In many popular tourist areas there are campsites with car parks and special plots for trailers and caravans with electric current and water. The majority of campsites are located along the Baltic Sea coast, in the lake-lands and mountains.

DRIVING REGULATIONS IN POLAND

Passing and Speed Limits: In Poland you must drive on the right side of the road and pass other vehicles on the left. Passing on the right is possible only when there are at least two lanes in one direction. In developed or more heavily populated areas the standard speed limit is 60 kph. Outside of urban areas, the speed limit is 90 kph; on expressways it is 110 kph and on superhighways 130 kph.

Safety Requirements: Drivers and all passengers must wear seat belts. Cars must also be equipped with a first-aid kit, fire extinguisher and a hazard-warning reflective triangle. From October 1 through March 1 headlights must be kept on while driving at any time day or night. Driving after drinking even a small amount of alcohol is forbidden. Poland has a 'zero tolerance' law in effect, which allows drivers a maximum blood-alcohol level of 0.2'.

Right-of-Way and Accidents: At unmarked intersections, vehicles on the right have priority. Do not use your horn in built-up areas, except in case of an emergency. In case of an accident with a fatality, do not move any cars involved so that the police can reconstruct the accident. If there are no fatalities, move the cars off the road, get the pertinent information from the other driver and exchange names and phone numbers with any witnesses.

Foreign Drivers: For one year, foreigners may use their driver's license from their home country or an International Driving Permit, which must be obtained outside of Poland. After one year in Poland, foreigners must obtain a Polish driver's license.

 

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