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Driving Advice For Those Using A Hire Car In Romania

Jun 24, 2008
As Romania becomes an increasingly popular destination for tourists who want to see the beauty of Transylvania, the wonderful medieval architecture and the many quaint towns and villages, car hire becoming an evermore logical option for travellers. Known as the crossroads of Central Europe, Romania has a long history of seeing travellers pass through its borders and hinterland. If you decide to hire a car however there are certain aspects of driving in Romania that you should be aware of to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable trip.

The first issue to discuss when you are going to hire a car in Romania are the speed limits on the various roads. In the cities there is a general speed limit of 31 mph whilst in rural areas this is increased to 55m mph. In terms of the highways and special roads the limit is around 80 mph. However, these limits are subject to change so it worth keeping your eyes open for road signs. In addition there are variances depending on what type of car you are driving, your car hire company should be able to advise you thoroughly before you head off however.

If you are travelling with your children in the hire car, unlike much of Europe it is not essential to have a child seat for them. Despite this however, child safety is taken seriously, children are not allowed to sit in the front and safety belts must be worn at all times when driving outside of urban areas. If you fail to adhere to these rules there is a chance that local police will issue you with a ticket. It is vital that if a fine issued that you ensue the officer has identification and can provide you with an official ticket; there have been cases in the past of officers and even members of the public charging visitors so be careful to find out exactly who is giving you the fine; officials will not actually ask for the fee there and then, all payments are made at police stations rather than on the roadside.

In Romania the cars drive on the right and you must always give the right of way to those entering roundabouts. If you would like to overtake this is predominantly done on the left except if overtaking a tram (common in built up areas), when you can overtake on the right. Care must be taken whenever driving in Romania, apart from you hire car their will be many diverse forms of transport on the roads, the horse and cart is still used extensively, especially in rural areas. Accidents are common with horse drawn vehicles so having your wits about you at all times is essential.

Drink driving is strictly prohibited in Romania, something that your car hire company should make you acutely aware of. Unlike much of Europe the Romanian officials operate a zero tolerance policy on drink driving and as such even if you only have one drink you will be deemed unsuitable to drive. In addition to this, many will advise that driving at night is worth avoiding. This is mainly due to the large number of horse drawn carts on the roads that do not have lights.

By following this advice your Romanian driving holiday should be a complete success. Ultimately, when you have acquired your hire car it is essential to be careful at all times. Driving in Romania is usually safe but it is not like driving in Western Europe, there are considerable issues you should be constantly aware of. If you drive with a sense of care, your trip around Romania should be both enjoyable and safe.
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Travel expert Thomas Pretty looks into how travellers can make the most of their car hire Romania experience by giving details of the motoring laws and regulations.
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