Driving Advice Turkey

Driving Advice TurkeyGoing to Turkey this summer? Here are som good advices for driving in Turkey, that will keep you prepared and safe on your journey. General driving advice and special equipment for driving legaly in Turkey. Use this as a checklist before you go to avoid any problems.

General driving advice Turkey:
– A valid full driving licence. The original vehicle registration document and Your passport
– Make sure you have European breakdown cover.
– 112 is the emergency number across Europe.
– Don’t use a hand held mobile while driving.
– If you wear glasses, take a spare pair.
– It is recommended that you have a reflective jacket in the car – they are compulsory in many European countries.
– Speed camera / radar detection systems are illegal in most European countries. Come countries have also banned the use of sat navs which detect fixed speed cameras so ensure this is deactivated.
– Plan your journey
– There is only one safe rule when it comes to drinking and driving; if you drink, don’t drive.

Check your Car before taking of to Turkey:
Service your car before you go to avoid expensive and frustrating breakdowns while away. Check the tread for wear – the legal limit in the summer for car tyres across Europe is 1.6mm but we recommend a minimum of 3mm as tyres wear quickly after 3mm. Check the tyre pressure – remember to check them when cold. Check tyres for any damage and replace them if you need to. Think about taking a puncture repair kit to get you on the road again without having to change a tyre, until you are able to get to a garage for a replacement.

Driving Advice Turkey
– Two warning triangles
– First aid kitValid green card (for vehicles registered in the UK). The green card must cover the whole of Turkey (European and Asian sides)
– Car insurance with third-party cover is compulsory.
– When approaching a roundabout give way to traffic from the right on roundabouts and at crossroads.
– No use of the horn should be made (unless an emergency) from 2200h until sunrise.
– Make sure you don’t park illegally. In Turkey, traffic police give drivers a chance to move their cars before its towed away by calling out registration numbers over a loudspeaker.
– Speed limits for private vehicles without trailers (may vary, always look out for signs):
In built-up areas 31 mph (50 km/h)Outside built-up areas 55 mph (90 km/h)Motorways 74 mph (120 km/h)Minimum speed limit on motorways 24 mph (40 km/h)
For cars with trailers, a decrease of 6mph (10 km/h) on the road’s speed limit applies.
– Seat belts: Seat belts are compulsory for front/rear seat occupants (if fitted) Children under 12 may not travel as front seat passengers. All children under 12 must be seated using a child restraint system adapted to their size and weight.

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