Last Updated: 20th February, 2019
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Rules Of The Road And How To Keep Safe
If you're planning on touring in the beautiful country of Romania by car, then you're in luck. This South-eastern European state has some of the most spectacular roads in Europe, including the Top Gear-featured Transfagarasan and recently built Transalpina. Romania's road infrastructure is not the best in the world, to be fair: the country has only about 800 km of motorways, but the majority of roads are in good or excellent condition.
Car rentals are among the cheapest on the continent, with prices ranging from €20 to €100 for a luxury vehicle. Offices of major car rental companies can be found in most big cities, airports and in some railway stations. The general driving rulesin Romania are similar to those in other European countries: drive on the right-hand side, speed limits vary from 50 km/h inside built areas, 90 km/h outside, 100 km/h on European roads and dual-carriage ways and 130 km/h on motorways.
Driving on Romanian roads requires the acquisition of a vignette that costs 3 EUR/day or 7 EUR/week for a normal car. Vignettes can be bought online, at special booths at border crossing points or in major fuel stations around the country (they are quite easy to find). The country does not have major sections of tolled road, but crossing certain bridges over the Danube river is payable (the A2 motorway bridge or both bridges crossing from Romania to Bulgaria).
Driving on Romanian roads is generally safe if you respect the traffic rules. Hazards like potholes or poorly signalled road works can occur from time to time. The style of driving of local drivers can be quite aggressive and hazardous some times so be always on the look out for potential dangers from other cars. Police controls (for driving under the influence of alcohol or lack of proper documents) or speed traps are frequent both inside and outside built areas, so always respect the rules and have all your documents with you (ID, drivers license, insurance, proof of vignette and proof of vehicle possession). Fines range between 30 EUR to 500 EUR, with jailing being possible for major offences.
Some other rules you should keep in mind are: driving with the headlights on is mandatory at all times, as is having a spare tire in your car; parking is mostly paid and almost exclusively in cash; children under the age of 12 cannot travel on the front seat and wearing a seat belt is mandatory at all times, for all passengers. That's about it! Have a safe trip in Romania!