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Road Rules and Traffic Regulations in Czechia - Driving Nuances

1. If you plan to make a trip to the Czech Republic, do not forget to obtain the international driver’s permit. Without this document, the driving license got in your home country will be invalid. Tourists, who plan to stay in the country for more than three months, will need to receive local driving license.
2. In residential areas, drivers are allowed to travel at a speed of up to 50 km/h, and on country roads the maximum allowed speed is 80 km/h. Of course, you will find highways in the Czech Republic. The established speed limit on them is 130 km/h.
3. A large part of motorways in the Czech Republic is fee to use. However, if you need to drive on highways, you will need to buy a vignette. The vignette can be bought literally at any petrol station, and the cost of vignette valid for 10 days is approximately 300 koruny. There are also free sections at many roads. You will be able to distinguish them easily as these sections are marked with «bez poplatku» sign.

Nuances of Car Rental in Czechia

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 Czechia 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 Czechia try to add optional charges or services without informing customers.

It is very important to pick up your car at the rental office in Czechia 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.

You can always check our car actual rental offers in Czechia. Simply use the search form at the top of the page. We guarantee that you will not find better prices anywhere else!
4. The vignette must be attached to the car windshield. As a rule, the back of the vignette contains the detailed instruction how to use it. The presence of vignettes is strictly monitored. Driving on paid roads without the vignette is considered a serious violation, and the offender will be fined 2,500 koruny.
5. Travellers, who plan to visit the Czech Republic in the period from October 1 to April 1, should not forget that during the abovementioned period it is permitted to drive only with lower beams turned on. The beams must be always turned on, regardless of time and weather conditions. During summer, the use of lower beams is determined by drivers themselves.
6. Note that if you need to transport a child under 12 years with the height of less than 150 cm, it is only possible to do that if your car is equipped with a special child seat. Drivers should also not forget that using the cell phone while driving is prohibited. Even if you simply hold the cell phone in your hand, you can be fined.
7. There are no stationary police checkpoints on the roads of the Czech Republic. As a rule, the police simply patrol streets and country roads. Note that the police often use ordinary cars without any markings to patrol roads of the country. These cars are also equipped with radar, so you should always be very careful when driving and shouldn’t break the established speed limit.
8. Local police have the right to collect fines right on the spot. You are not obliged to pay the fine right away. If you do not want to or cannot pay the fine immediately, you can always ask for the receipt and pay it off later in any post office. You must make the payment within 14 days.
9. In the Czech Republic, there are very strict rules regarding the use of alcoholic beverages. Drivers are absolutely not allowed to consume alcohol. At night, the police often make checks. They can stop any vehicle and offer the driver to pass a breath test in order to check the blood alcohol content. Drivers are not recommended to refuse, because in this case the result is automatically considered positive.
10. If you take the breath test, and your blood alcohol content is less than 0.3 ppm, the amount of the fine will range from 2,500 to 20,000 koruny. The suspension of the driving license for a period from 6 to 12 months is often imposed as an additional punishment.
11. If the blood alcohol content is more than 0.3 ppm, the amount of the fine will be significantly higher, and will vary from 25 000 to 50 000 koruny. In addition to the fine, the offender will be prohibited to drive vehicles from 1 to 10 years.
12. The country’s government pays much attention to the condition of cars in the Czech Republic. You can be fined for the absence of mudguards on the wheels, a crack on the windshield and other minor problems, so you should treat such “trifles” with great attention.
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