What are the road rules and driving regulations in Croatia?

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Before renting a car in Croatia it would be usable to geto yourself updated with road rules and driving regulations in Croatia. Driving in Croatia follows specific road rules and regulations, similar to those in many other European countries.

  • Drive on the Right: Like most European countries, driving in Croatia is on the right-hand side of the road

  • Speed Limits: Speed limits in Croatia vary depending on the type of road and the vehicle you're driving. You will have displayed speed limit for road section you are driving on.Typical speed limits are:

    • In urban areas: 50 km/h (31 mph)
    • Outside urban areas: 80 - 90 km/h (49 - 56 mph)
    • On expressways: 110 km/h (68 mph)
    • On highways: 130 km/h (81 mph)

  • Seat Belts: Seat belts are mandatory for all passengers in the vehicle, both in the front and back seats.

  • Child Restraints: Children under 12 years of age or shorter than 150 cm (4 feet 11 inches) must use appropriate child restraints while traveling in a vehicle. We offer diverse option for selection of required car seats depending on age and height.

  • Alcohol Limit: The legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for driving in Croatia is 0.05%. However, for novice drivers (those with less than two years of driving experience), the limit is zero. Important note: in case of any accident or damage limit is zero. If limit is excessed no insurances are valid and lesee is reponsible completely.

  • Mobile Phones: It is illegal to use a handheld mobile phone while driving in Croatia. Hands-free devices are permitted.

  • Road Signs: Pay attention to road signs and markings, which provide important information about speed limits, directions, and hazards.

  • Overtaking: Overtaking is prohibited in certain areas, such as near intersections, pedestrian crossings, and hills with limited visibility. Always use caution and follow road markings and signs.

  • Roundabouts: Roundabouts are common in Croatia. Vehicles already in the roundabout have the right of way, and those entering must yield.

  • Tolls: Many highways and major roads in Croatia are toll roads. Make sure to have adequate cash or a credit card for toll payments.

  • Headlights: It is mandatory to use headlights at all times, even during daylight hours from November 15th to April 15th. Headlights are manndatory during nightime outside of that period. 

  • Winter Equipment: During winter months, from November 15th to April 15th, vehicles must have winter tires or carry snow chains when driving in designated areas.

  • Documentation: Always carry your driver's license and identification while driving. We will provide you with vehicle documentation and insurance documents.

  • Emergency Services: In case of an emergency, dial 112 for assistance.

It's essential to familiarize yourself with local traffic laws before driving in any foreign country to ensure a safe and enjoyable journey.


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