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Driving in Poland

Home of Euro 2012 football with Ukraine

Key rules, regulations and things to know

Driving: Drive on the right and overtake on the left.

Speed limits: Motorway 140 km/h -Dual Carriageway 100/120 km/h - Open Road 90 km/h - Town 50 km/h - The Polish police can issue on the spot fines to speeding motorists.

Trams: may be passed on the right, however when a tram stops and there is no island to accept disembarking passengers, drivers must give priority to any passengers crossing to the pavement.

Seat belts: These must be worn in the front and rear of the vehicle. Children under 12 and 1.5 metres in height cannot travel as a front or rear passenger unless they use a suitable restraint system.

Warning / Emergency Equipment: Warning triangles are compulsory - Fire extinguishers ares compulsory for Polish registered vehicles and recommended for foreign vehicles. A First aid kit is advised, but not compulsory.

Headlights: Dipped headlights are obligatory from October to February.

Drink and Driving: 0.02 This limit is nearly as low as "Strictly No Alcholol" if you are intending to drive. If you are over Over this level and you will incur a fine and/or suspension of your driving licence. More information Here

Mobile Phones: The use of a hand-held mobile phone whilst driving is illegal, use of a hands free system is permitted, however don't risk using one as you can receive a heavy fine in most countries and more important cause a serious accident.

Tolls: There are two motorway toll roads -: The A2 between Wrzesnia and Konin and The A4 between Katowice and Kraków

Winter Driving: Snow chains are recommended to be carried everywhere in Poland during winter time and if you do not carry and fit them when conditions demand the police can prevent you continuing on your travels.

Minimum Driving Age: 18 Minimum Driving Ages European Countries - Here

Parking: Small cars can park half-on and half-off the pavement. Parking is illegal within 5.5 metres of a pedestrian crossing.

Disabled Parking: The Blue Badge is recognised in all European countries - More information Here

Polski Zwiazek Motorowy - (PZM) - To enter the site, click on the image above left

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FACT FILE — Poland — Polska

Poland is situated in the centre of the European continent. It has an area of 312,683 sq/km. It has a frontier of 3,582 km, including 528 km of coastline. To the west, the Polish/German border runs along the Oder and Neisse rivers. To the north, Poland is bordered by the Baltic Sea and by Russia. Poland is separated from the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the south by the Sudeten and Carpathian Mountains, whilst its eastern neighbors are Lithuania, Belarus and the Ukraine.

It’s climate is greatly is effected by air currents from the west, very cold polar air from Scandinavia and Russia, as well as warmer, sub-tropical air from the south. In winter, polar-continental fronts dominate the weather , bringing crisp, frosty weather. The late summer and autumn months enjoy plenty of warm days, thanks to the influence of the dry, sub-tropical, continental air mass.

The greatest amount of sunshine in summer is to be found on the Baltic coast, whilst in winter this is true of the Carpathian Mountains. In the mountains, at any time of year, the climate is dependent on the altitude. In Warsaw, temperatures range from between 200 to 250C (680 to 77'F) during the summer months and O' to -50C (320 to 23"F) in winter

The Capital is Warsaw and the country has a population of 38 million.

Land Area: 312,685 Km2

Currency: Polish Zloty Currency Conversion Here

Telephone Country Code: +48

Krakow is a colossus of art and architecture, and its Old Town has been placed on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's — UNESCO — list of protected World Historic Sites. But Krakow is also a modern city — the third largest in Poland.

Set on a rocky point overlooking the Vistula River, Krakow has been attracting increasing numbers of tourists, lured by its colourful past, which is associated with Poland's national heroes. The country's patron saint, Stanislaus, charged with high treason and murdered by king Boleslav the Bold in the 11th century, rests in a silver tomb in the centre of the Wawel cathedral.

Source jmlvillas.com - (some of this information has been provided by jmlvillas.com clients)

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Emergency Telephone number: pan-EU Emergency 112 Can be used in all EU Countries and it can be dialled from a locked mobile or a mobile with no sim card. We have driving guides for those countries marked in red below (plus other non EU member European countries).

Austria - Belgium - Bulgaria - Cyprus - Czech Republic - Denmark - Estonia - Finland - France - Germany - Greece - Hungary - Ireland - Italy - Latvia - Lithuania - Luxembourg - Malta- Netherlands - Poland - Portugal - Romania - Slovakia - Slovenia - Spain - Sweden

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Drink Drive Laws - Examples of what can be drunk at present

It is not a lot and in some countries even to drink the glass on the right would be breaking the law if you drove afterwards in others a sip would be too much see "Wine" below

"Wine - even a sip will send you over the limit and invalidate your insurance in Parkistan, Cuba, Indonesia, Romania, Jordan and Nigeria, according to Rhinocarhire.com which produces a comprehensive guide." The A to Z of car hire - The Independent - August 2010

See this guide for further information

Finally, Don’t forget your excess cover and buy it before you set off

Excess charges could cost you up to Ł1,000 or more. Protect yourself by organising your insurance4carrental car hire insurance before you head to Europe.

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