Tips for Driving in Poland. Road Rules in Poland.
Driving in Poland.
Poland is a beautiful country in parts and is fairly easily accessible by car from the UK. However, it unfortunately has a fairly high number of road deaths – around 14.3 per 100,000 of population in comparison to only 5.5 per 100,000 of population in the UK. Poland also has some of the worst roads, largest number of low skill drivers and high number of car thefts in Europe. It isn’t a perfect place to take your own car and you should be aware of this before heading there. This means that you must be extremely alert and educated about driving there, so it’s important to learn as much as you can before you go.
Tips for Driving in Poland
As a visitor to Poland, keep your registration papers, insurance document and driving licence safe and have it on your person if you’re in the car. The high number of car thefts in Poland mean that it’s not safe to leave your valuable documents in the car, so keep them on your person. If you’re taking your own car with UK plates, be wary about where you leave it in Poland. Many car hire companies outside of the country won’t allow their cars to enter due to the high possibility of theft or break-in, so keep this in mind when you’re taking your own car.
Documentation: always carry your driving licence, vehicle registration document (V5), and certificate of motor insurance. If your licence does not incorporate a photograph ensure you carry your passport to validate the licence. If the vehicle is not registered in your name, carry a letter from the registered owner giving you permission to drive.
In order to drive legally in Poland you must have your full UK licence. The modern EC format pink or green licence is acceptable in Poland, but if you only have an old style paper licence you must ensure that you also have an International Driving Licence with you. You can easily apply online for an International Driver’s License at www.idltrip.com www.idltrip.com There is no way to rent a car in Poland without having a document International Driving Permit .This means that driving any car without the IDP/IDL is illegal in Poland.
Always remember to drive on the right hand side in Poland and of course overtake on the left. It is illegal to use your mobile phone while driving in Poland, unless you’re using a hands free kit.
Road Rules in Poland
Polish driving laws are strict, but that doesn’t mean that local drivers are always going to abide by them. The roads are generally of a fairly poor quality and junctions and crossroads are often not marked with stop lines. Roundabouts can be difficult to spot as they’re not actually round, so many drivers just continue through as though they weren’t there. There are also some other important Polish road tips to consider before driving there: