When you’re driving in a foreign country like Poland, it’s a good idea to take a look at the local laws to see what might be different from your country. Here are some things to keep in mind while you’re traveling in Poland.
You need the following documents on you at all times while driving: A valid driver’s license, proof of insurance (provided by us), proof of ID (your passport), and proof of ownership (provided by us). Visitors from North America must have an International Driver’s Permit (IDP) to drive in Poland, which is valid for six months after arriving in Poland. You must also be 21 years or older to rent a car in Poland.
In the case of an emergency, you must have a fire extinguisher, a hazard warning triangle, a first aid kit, and a safety vest. Headlights must be on at all times of the day and the year in Poland. You must also wear your seatbelts at all times.
There are some areas where you must exercise extra caution to avoid an accident. These areas are indicated by “CZARNY PUNKT” signs, also known as black points. Watch for these black and yellow signs, and make sure you drive slower and with great care in these areas.
Drive on the right side of the roads, same as you would in North America. Speeding limits are strictly enforced in Poland and will be clearly indicated along the roads. If you are unsure of the speeding limit while you’re driving, keep this guideline in mind:
Within urban areas from 5:00 am to 11:00 pm: 50 km/h
Within urban areas from 11:00 pm to 5:00 am: 60 km/h
Outside urban areas: 90 km/h
Dual carriageways: 100-110 km/h
Motorways: 140 km/h
Should you find yourself in an accident, it is important to remain on the scene and call the police, as well as an ambulance if necessary. Poland’s emergency number is 112.
Keep in mind that should you not follow the rules and regulations in Poland as a foreign visitor, the police can demand that you pay an on-the-spot fine.