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There are many who claim Poland is one of the worst places for car drivers in Europe! I think that first time I visited Poland with my husband, he felt the same way…at least at the beginning. After few days though he started having fun! Like any time you are visiting a different country, you just have to get used to it!
First rule: never drink and drive in Poland! There is zero tolerance for driving under the influence of alcohol. The blood alcohol limit while driving is 0.02. If you drive and have been drinking (even 1 unit of alcohol) you can be charged.
Lights On! Belt Up! It is compulsory for all motor vehicles to use dipped headlights or daytime running lights, day and night, all year round. Seat belts are compulsory in both the front and back seats, and children under the age of 12 are prohibited from riding in the front seat. Use of cellular phones while driving is prohibited, except for “hands-free” models. The fine for violating laws against the use of mobile phone while driving is significant.
Polish drivers are, unfortunately, in the habit of speeding even in the most risky places. Apart from speed limits, other rules that are often ignored by Polish drivers are those related to overtaking: you will quite frequently see vehicles (including lorries) overtaking on double white lines and in other places where it is prohibited, dangerous or unreasonable, such as pedestrian crossings or junctions. You really have to be extra careful and make allowances for that. It is best to assume that other drivers may overtake pretty much everywhere, so be prepared to move out of their way.
can I park here? – czy tu można parkować?
where’s the nearest gas station? – gdzie jest najbliższa stacja benzynowa?
we’ve had an accident – mieliśmy wypadek
we’ve run out of gaz – skończyła nam się benzyna
could I see your driving licence? – poproszę prawo jazdy
could I see your insurance documents? – poproszę ubezpieczenie samochodu
have you had anything to drink? – pił/piła pan/pani alkohol?
Give way – Ustąp pierwszeństwa przejazdu
No entry – Zakaz wjazdu
One way – Droga jednokierunkowa