Driving in Romania
Road conditions in Romania aren't great, and traffic laws are strict. Find out how to stay safe while driving in Romania.
RULES AND REGULATIONS
In the mountains, roads are particularly dangerous when wet or covered with ice
In the cities and on major highways, winter snow removal is intermittent
If you plan to drive on wet or icy roads, make sure your car has snow tires or "winter tires" with deep treads providing adequate traction
Test your brakes and learn how to get maximum efficiency (a balancing act between tyres and brakes) before you're faced with an emergency
Make sure your demister and windscreen wipers are functional.
Urban roads 70 km/h (43 mph)
Highways 100 km/hr (62 mph)
Interstates 120 km/h (75 mph)
National Upper-Speed Limit 140 km/h (87 mph)
Strict traffic laws are in place
Despite these many dangers or perhaps because of them, Romanian traffic laws are very strict. Traffic police can confiscate any form of driver's licence or permit for 1-3 months. They can also retain a driver's licence by for driving under the influence of alcohol or for causing an accident resulting in injury or death. Fines may be requested at the time of any traffic infraction, including failure to yield to pedestrians at a crossing.
There is zero tolerance for driving under the influence of alcohol. Police routinely administer breathalyser tests to all drivers involved in an accident. Irrespective of whether or not you have been drinking, refusal to take a breathalyser test results in criminal penalties.
Intending drivers must obtain an international driving permit or a Romanian driver's license.
Children under 12 years of age may not be transported in the front seat and all occupants must wear a seat belt.