The main rule of the road in Turkey is to be careful and remain calm. The locals drive quite aggressively often ignoring the traffic regulations and honking their horns for any reason. Just be ready for situations when pedestrians cross the road in the wrong places and drivers don’t switch on their turn signals or overtake on the right.
Speed limits: 50 km/h within towns, 90 km/h outside towns, 120 km/h on toll roads in Turkey.
Drivers should switch on the low beam only in low visibility conditions or when driving through tunnels.
All passengers must ride buckled up.
Children under 1.5 m tall and weighing up to 36 kg can only ride in the rear seat. A special child restraint system is required for passengers under 135 cm tall.
Drivers can only talk on the mobile phone without using their hands.
The maximum permitted blood alcohol content is 0.5 ppm.
Road signs comply with international standards and are duplicated in English. Except for:
You should drive very carefully when it’s dark, raining or snowing. Local drivers often drive without switching on sidelights or turn signals and can stop in the most unexpected places.
Tourists can use their driving licence in Turkey for 6 months from the date of entry.
Every time you cross the border, your foreign driving licence validity period is reset and you can drive with it for another six months.
If you plan to stay in the country for more than 6 months, you will need to get a Turkish driving licence. To do it, you should go to the Civil Registration Office (Nüfus Müdürlüğü) with the required documents and file an application.
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The police officers are dressed in blue uniforms and their cars have distinctive white and blue body colours. You can be stopped even if you haven’t broken any rules:
The blood alcohol content is mainly checked only in areas with many pubs and restaurants. You had better not refuse a breath test, or you may be automatically deemed drunk.
And you had better not try to “negotiate a fine without a ticket”. It is not about exceptional honesty of Turkish police. In fact, you will pay less “legally” than through “negotiations”. Even with the fairly high local fines.
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