Poland has now emerged from the period of domination by the Soviet Union to become a modern and vibrant democracy ready to play a full part in Europe. This has resulted mainly from a period of "shock therapy" during the early 1990's and as a result of a great deal of inward investment.
Driving on the right hand side of the road may be a new experience for some visitors as may well be the use of kilometres to measure distance - one good thing about using a rental car is that it will be adapted to local conditions with the steering on the left hand side and the speedometer marked in kilometres per hour.
The availability of rentals cars is very good throughout Poland and there is usually no problem in arranging for a hire car to be left at a different location from where it was originally rented.
The speed limits in Poland are:
On Motorways the limit is 130 kilometres per hour. This equates to about 80 miles per hour. On other roads not showing any lower restriction the limit is 90 kilometres per hour, that's 56 miles per hour. In towns the limit is 50 kilometres per hour, or 31 miles per hour.
Drivers face severe penalties if found driving under the influence of alcohol as the limit of alcohol in the blood is zero.
Persons under the age of 18 years are not allowed to drive in Poland even though they may hold a driving licence issued in another country.
The wearing of seat belts is compulsory and children must be 10 years old or over to occupy a front passenger seat, unless in a child safety seat.
Before you drive away check that your hire car has a warning triangle as these must be carried in Poland.
These notes are intended only to draw attention to some of the rules and regulations that apply to driving in Poland. They are not an exhaustive or complete set of regulations and may be superseded by changes in the law at any time. The publishers can accept no responsibility for any problem that may arise because drivers have failed to satisfy all the relevant legislation in any country in which they may use a vehicle hired through this site. It remains the responsibility of the driver to satisfy himself or herself that they are aware of all the relevant legislation that affects their conduct and the driving of vehicles in any country in which they may find themselves.
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