26. In addition to the monetary penalty, drivers get special penalty points for traffic violations they commit. The driver, who has got 12 points, loses the right to drive the vehicle for one year. The number of penalty points is different for every violation, and depends on its severity.
27. Bicycle remains a typical mode of transport in the Czech Republic. It is worth noting that cyclists are also required to follow traffic regulations. Cyclists have a number of privileges on the road – car drivers should always give way to cyclists at intersections and when making maneuvers.
28. During the period from October 30 to the end of March, drivers are recommended to use winter tires. There are roads, where it is even prohibited to use summer tires during the abovementioned period. If you plan to drive on snow-covered roads in winter, you may need to use snow chains. The roads, which are considered the most difficult and dangerous, are marked with relevant signs. The use of studded tires is prohibited in the Czech Republic.
If you need a car with an automatic transmission, it is recommended to book it in advance. Cars with automatic transmissions are often sparse in Czechia, so the rental confirmation may take a longer period.
When selecting a specific model for traveling throughout Czechia, we recommend to take into consideration some practical apects. If you are going to drive mostly in the cities, then a car of a small size is preferable, while for long distance trips (and trips in the mountains) we recommend to choose a larger and more powerful car.
Prior your car retrun, please clean the salon from a garbage, and do not forget to take away all your belongings from the passenger compartment.
At the car return time, please ask the officer to make a visual inspection of the vehicle for defects and to sign the acceptance report. Keep the invoice and the acceptance report for next few months.
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In large cities, there are often traffic jams from 8:00 to 10:00 and from 17:00 to 19:00. Many foreign drivers do not notice the «TRAM», «TAXI» and «BUS» signs when they drive in heavy traffic on the road. However, these signs indicate special lanes for trams, taxis and buses, and drivers are not permitted to occupy these lanes.
30. Drivers in the Czech Republic are distinguished by politeness. They treat other motorists with respect. If you see the car blinking with its lower beams, it means that it gives way to other road users. In this country such a behavior is considered a norm.
31. Pedestrians are also treated with great care and respect. When reaching an unregulated crossroads, make sure to slow down, and if there are people nearby, you need to stop completely.
32. Vast majority of roads in the country are distinguished by high quality coating, and this fact makes driving in the Czech Republic even more enjoyable. Despite quite complicated terrain, roads in the Czech Republic are mostly straight and flat. Motorists may encounter sharp turns only in some parts of the country. Drivers will also be delighted to know that there are almost no boards with advertising panels on roads.
33. When driving in the country, drivers should be especially careful, because wild animals have become a real problem here. Foxes, deer and hares are absolutely not afraid of cars, and they can unexpectedly appear on the road.
Foreign drivers should remember that in addition to the international driver's permit they are required to carry the vehicle certificate, as well as the “green card”. They must also have an identity document with them.
35. Local petrol stations usually sell unleaded petrol (natural) and diesel fuel (nafta). Drivers are allowed to carry up to 10 liters of fuel in cans. There are also gas filling stations in the Czech Republic. It is easy to distinguish them because they have the «autoplyn» mark.
36. Every car must be equipped with a warning triangle, a first aid kit and a reflective vest. It is important to note that the vest must be in the car and not in the trunk. If you need to get out of the car at a highway, you must first put on the reflective vest.
37. The use of radar detectors is prohibited. The fine for the use of the prohibited equipment ranges from 5 000 to 10 000 koruny. Drivers are also not allowed to use special software for navigators if it allows defining the location of radars and cameras on the road.