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.

SPEED LIMITS

 

 

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.

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