DRIVING TIPS – TURKEY
Hiring a car is a great way to see the stunning local coastline, beaches and historical sites.
The following tips should help you as you drive around:
- When collecting your hire car, please check the car to satisfy yourself that it is in good condition and to familiarise yourself with its operation.
- You will need to produce your drivers’ licence and passport on signing for the car. Two drivers may be named for each vehicle.
- A credit card impression will be taken on signing the rental agreement. This will be held against any accident charges.
- Drivers must be a minimum of twenty-one years of age (twenty-five for a jeep) with two years driving experience.
- If you are unfortunate enough to have an accident, or if your car is damaged in any way, it is necessary to call the Police to the scene before moving the vehicle. Without a Police report the insurance is void. You must also contact the car hire company immediately. If possible, take a photograph before doing anything else.
- Fully comprehensive insurance in Turkey does exclude damage to lights, windscreens and tyres.
- You will need to carry your passport and drivers’ licence along with the vehicle documentation and licence, which is normally found in the glove compartment or in the driver’s visor. The Jandarma or Traffic Police stop cars as a matter of routine and you will be expected to produce this documentation.
- It is compulsory to wear front seat belts and advisable to use rear seatbelts too, if they are fitted.
- The speed limit is 50km (30 miles) per hour in built up areas, or areas with housing. On open roads and motorways this rises to 90km (56 miles) per hour. Beware of exceeding these speeds, as speed check-points are very common and speeding drivers will be fined on the spot. If you are fined, always ask for a receipt, or you may be contributing to the policeman’s salary. The approximate fine is £25.
- The legal drink-drive limit is 1 small beer, or 1 glass of wine.
- It is always best to check what type of fuel your hire car takes before driving it away – most cars take Super Benzin (Leaded) or Kursunsuz (Unleaded). This should be indicated on your hire contract, or on a sticker in the rear window.
- For logistical reasons the petrol tank may not be full when your hire car is delivered, so it is advisable to make a note of the fuel level when taking delivery of the vehicle. On return, please ensure it is filled to the same level. Unfortunately, if the car is returned with less fuel, a charge will be made.
- Petrol stations are plentiful in the towns and along major roads. Many of them serve refreshments, have toilet facilities and car washes. Almost all filling stations have attendants to fill your car and also to wash your windscreen – in this case a nominal tip equivalent to 50p would be appreciated.
- In towns or built up areas always try to park in Otoparks (car parks) as illegally parked cars may be towed away, or their drivers fined.
- In villages and rural areas it is reasonably safe to presume one may park anywhere.
RULES OF THE ROAD
- Driving is on the right hand side of the road.
- On roundabouts traffic gives way to the right. However, you may be expected to stop halfway round – this can take one unawares, so be prepared!
- If an oncoming vehicles flashes at you, it means he intends to keep moving and you should stop (that is, the opposite of the meaning in the UK.)
- If a vehicle intends to turn left, it will indicate left, but then pull over to the right to allow traffic to pass before turning – a very confusing manoeuvre!
- If you pass a trail of small rocks or stones in the road, this may mean there is a broken down vehicle or accident ahead.
- Please take care when driving at night especially in rural areas, where there is little or no street lighting. Unfortunately most tractors, mopeds, bicycles, pedestrians and donkeys do not have lights!
- You will soon observe there are no restrictions on the use of the horn in Turkey, especially when overtaking a vehicle. Many drivers seem to use their ears rather than their eyes, so please feel free to make your presence heard at any time!