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Advices for Car Trips through Lithuania

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21. If a police officer requests to stop, it is necessary to park the car on the roadside, lower the window and keep sitting. At the request of a police officer you should show him the documents. Get out of the car only when it’s requested by a police officer.
22. In addition to police patrols, traffic regulations are additionally controlled by other organizations. These are road transport inspection, customs inspection, forest protection forces and environmental inspection. No matter what organization the officer represents, drivers must unquestioningly follow his orders.
23. In case of an accident, even if a minor damage is done, you will need to report it to the police (tel. 112), otherwise it will be impossible to get insurance coverage.

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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 Lithuania, so the rental confirmation may take a longer period.

When selecting a specific model for traveling throughout Lithuania, 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.
24. Local drivers are distinguished by attentive and respectful attitude to pedestrians, who have a doubtless advantage on the road. Drivers must necessarily give way to pedestrians on unregulated crossings, and should slow down near traffic lights.
25. The driver should always carry and show the following documents on demand - the driving license, the vehicle certificate and the insurance. The fine for driving without a license is 300 - 500 litai.
26. Roads in the country are quite complex. As a rule, they are very narrow and have no markings even if the surface is asphalt. Herds of livestock are typical “guests” of country roads. Needless to say, they are a serious danger to drivers, just like horse-drawn carts.
27. Drivers, who will visit Lithuania for the first time, are not recommended to drive on country roads at night. If in residential areas main roads are usually well lit, in the countryside road lighting is really poor. At night, trucks have become a serious source of danger for drivers as trucks often move with no parking lights.
28. Travellers should be particularly careful when travelling in historic districts of the cities. In some cities, it is not allowed to enter their territory by car. As a rule, in many historic areas the majority of roads are narrow with one-way traffic, so even locals often cannot find the right way.
29. In summer, you may be forced to pay to enter the territory of some resort areas. Palanga and Curonian Spit are among such areas. As a rule, the toll for an ordinary car is about 15 litai.
30. In some towns, you will see cardboard silhouettes of police officers. These pictures are designed to discipline drivers. As a rule, these silhouettes are set near schools and other children's institutions, where drivers must be particularly careful.
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