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The 9 Main Rules Of The Road For Road-tripping Through Turkey

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Road safety advice in Turkey

Turkey has an average of thirteen deaths per one-hundred-thousand people for road accidents.  Although there are tough laws on things like blood alcohol levels, safety belts and speed limits they are not really enforced efficiently.

They are one of the countries that are included in a road safety project to be introduced over a five-year span to correct these inadequacies.  This project is being done by six international partners consortium led by the Ministry of Health under a national steering committee.  The project is set to be implemented in the cities of Ankara and Afyon.  It will focus on managing speed with better enforced and implemented speed limits as well as promoting the wearing of safety belts.

Driving rules in Turkey

#1 What side of the road do you drive on in Turkey?

In Turkey you drive on the right-hand side of the road.

This means short-right turns and long left turns.

#2 Electronic devices

As with any country the use of mobile devices such as phones and tablets are strictly forbidden whilst driving, especially in http://www.apexluxurycarhire.com/car-rental-locations/usa/miami/.

Although it is legal to use a handsfree kit it is still a major distraction when driving and a person should try to avoid speaking on their device while they are in control of any vehicle.

#3 Seatbelts

The driver and ALL passengers should wear their seatbelts always whilst travelling in the vehicle.
Failure to do so could incur major penalties and heavy fines.

It is also dangerous not to wear it and could very cause fatal injuries due to failure of putting it on.

#4 Alcohol and driving

The legal blood alcohol limit is 0.5% and if a person is caught over this limit they will have their license taken away for up to six months as well as face heavy fines.
Causing an accident whilst under the influence could lead to serious prosecution.

#5 Drivers License

All countries that have a non-Roman alphabet are required to acquire an international drivers license.  Or a copy of a Turkish notarized one.  You can check your country drivers license requirement with the Turkish embassy or your travel agent.
Always have your travel documents, rental car papers, passport and license with you when driving or when you rent a BMW in Barcelona.

#6 Speed Limits

Turkey, as there are everywhere else in the world, has speed camera’s mounted in all areas.

The speed limits are:

  • In Rural areas – 90 km/h or 55 mph
  • In Urban areas – 50 km/h or 31 mph
  • On Motorways – 120 km/h or 74 mph

#7 Travelling with children

All children when seated must wear safety belts.

children that weigh 35kb or less and or are under 150 cm tall must have and be seated in a secure car seat professionally fitted.  This should be provided and done for you by your car rental company.  It is not advisable or safe to try and do this yourself.

#8 Headlights

Your headlights should be on always whilst driving in Turkey (during the night and day)

#9 In case of an accident

Should you be involved in an accident do not move your vehicle if you are able you should call the police and emergency services should they be required immediately.

Start swapping information with the other driver(s) and take any witness numbers and information.

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Author:Michele Patterson