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Road Rules and Traffic Regulations in Ukraine - Driving Nuances

1. The total length of roads in Ukraine is over 169,500 km, and only 5,000 km of them are unpaved. In large cities, the quality of roads remains at a high level, while in remote areas of the country drivers are likely to find roads in really bad condition.
2. The length of highways in the country is a little less than 200 km. It is also worth noting that all roads in the country are free.
3. During their stay in the country, motorists should completely refrain from the use of alcoholic beverages if they plan to drive. The permitted blood alcohol content for drivers is 0.00 ppm. The violation of the rule will result in a fine ranging from 2,550 to 3,400 hryvnia, and suspension of the driving license for a period from 1 to 2 years.
4. Administrative arrest for a period from 7 to 10 days, as well as 40-50 hours of community service is a typical additional punishment for drunk driving.

Nuances of Car Rental in Ukraine

To save on your rental, we advise to book your car in advance. You will save the most if you do this several weeks or even several months prior to your trip. Rental offices in Ukraine usually raise rental prices over time, based on the number of cars left available for the accounting period.

When looking for an exotic car (cabriolet, minivan or limousine), we advise to check in the rental offices located at airports, as they usually provide much wider choice comparing to offices in urban areas.

Upon receipt of invoices, bills and documents for your car at the rental location, please compare the obtained data with your voucher. Quite often, employees of rental offices in Ukraine try to add optional charges or services without informing customers.

It is very important to pick up your car at the rental office in Ukraine in a correct way. Prior to leaving the office, carefully inspect the car for various defects, and ensure that all the discovered defects are mentioned in your rental documents. In case of a non-compliance found, place a demand for correction to the rental officer.

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5. In addition to the driving license, foreign drivers are required to have the “green card”, the vehicle certificate and the passport. All the documents must be presented on demand of police inspectors – they often perform document check on highways.
6. The police usually stop drivers who have committed a violation. A vehicle may also be stopped if it often changes speed and direction of movement. According to the current law, the driver does not have to get out of the vehicle. It is enough to open the side window and follow the instructions of the police officer.
7. If a police car is parked at the roadside, and it has flashing lights turned on, other cars are required to stop in front of the vehicle. You can continue moving only after that is allowed by the inspector.
8. If a police car with flashing lights turned on moves in the middle of the road, all other vehicles should move close to the curb and stop. If there is a dividing line, this requirement applies to all cars driving in the same direction with the police car.
9. In settlements, the maximum allowed speed is 60 km/h, and on country roads it is 90 km/h. On highways, the maximum speed may be 110 or 130 km/h, depending on the specific type of the road. Drivers, whose driving experience is less than two years, are not permitted to increase the speed of 70 km/h, even if the type of the road allows driving faster.
10. Wrong overtaking is one of the most common violations. Keep in mind that you are not allowed to make the maneuver if there is a pedestrian crossing in less than 50 meters (in the city) and less than 100 meters (outside settlements).
11. The concept of “overtaking” is quite special in Ukraine, and so it has a special meaning that is different from the usual one. According to local regulations, overtaking means outrunning other vehicles, which involves entering the oncoming traffic lane.
12. It is forbidden to stop the car closer than 10 meters before and after the pedestrian crossing, and closer than 30 meters before and after the public transport stop. Violation of these rules may result in a heavy fine.
13. Children under 12 years old with the height of less than 145 cm, can be transported in a car only in a special child seat equipped with restraint systems. The seat must fully meet the growth and weight of the child.
14. There are no specific rules concerning the use of lower beams during the daytime. They need to be used at night and when driving through a tunnel. In the daytime, beams should be used only in poor visibility conditions, and in all other cases the need of using the beams is up to driver himself.
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