Drive in Poland
Here, below, some valuable information to drive in Poland.
As always, we recommend that you follow some basic and universal rules: always respect speed limits. Avoid driving in Poland after taking alcohol: the limit is 0.02%. Zero tolerance throughout the country. Controls, especially on the motorway, are quite frequent. The fines, however, very high. If you exceed the 0.05% limit, you could risk suspension of the 10 license for years and even the prison!
In the event of an infraction, you can pay the fine on the spot. Do not forget the receipt, of course.
BASIC RULES TO DRIVE IN POLAND
In the country you drive on the right and you pass on the left. Remember to always respect the safety distance.
It is always necessary to give priority to pedestrians who cross or are about to cross a road; even if there are no pedestrian crossings on the ground.
In the event of an accident, YOU MUST ALWAYS STOP and provide assistance, where necessary. It is always preferable, on both sides, to sign the friendly statement and call the authorities.
DOCUMENTS TO DRIVE IN POLAND
Driving license, registration certificate and valid insurance certificate. If you are driving a vehicle that is not your own, we recommend that you take a DELEGATION TO CONDUCT. This is a delegation of the vehicle owner with an authenticated signature. It is not mandatory.
To drive mopeds up to 50, you must have at least 15 years; for higher engines, the minimum age of 17 is required.
The seat belts must be fastened to all seats, front and back (if any).
On two wheels, the helmet is mandatory for driver and passenger.
By car it is mandatory to wear a triangle, self-reflective vest and fire extinguisher. Recommended, but not mandatory, to have a first-aid kit, a kit of spare light bulbs and fuses.
ROADS AND SIGNS
There are different categories of roads in Poland. Krajowa drug constitute the national roads, classified in real Motorways, and expressways.
The National roads are developed for over 3300 kilometers, on the whole Polish territory. These are the best roads from the point of view of quality and efficiency.
Both are identified by a signal with white writing on a red background.
The letter A followed by a number, indicates a motorway. The letter S, instead, a highway. Generally, on the latter, you will find only one lane and reduced speed limits.
National roads, with the exception of A2 and A4, are free. For paid stretches, there are special toll booths where you can pay in cash or credit card. The toll varies depending on the distance, the network and the type of vehicle, from a minimum of 0.10PLN per kilometer.
There are also minor roads, up to the provincial roads (black numbers on a yellow background), ideal for reaching secondary destinations, and areas not served by the National Roads.
Generally, for those who decide to drive in Poland, it is advisable to prefer, where possible, motorways and expressways. In other cases, the streets are often busy and not particularly modern.
Speed can vary depending on weather conditions and even depending on time. Unless otherwise indicated, the limits are as follows:
50 km/h in the city.
90 km/h outside population centers.
100 km/h on dual carriageways.
140 km/h on the highway.
DRIVE IN POLAND WITH CHILDREN
Children under the age of 12, and up to 150cm in height, always travel on the rear seats; young children must be secured to the seats, adjusted to their weight, and approved in compliance with the minimum safety requirements. The belts, of course, must be well connected.