Driving advice for every country in Europe

Find up-to-date driving laws and advice for any country in Europe before you visit, including any accessories you may need to purchase. Don't forget the RAC provides European breakdown cover while you're driving in Europe.

Driving in Turkey

Turkey
Population: 78.7m
Area: 783,562 sq. Km
Currency: Turkish lira

If you're driving in Turkey your checklist requirements are:

  • A valid UK driving licence. If you're staying for more than 3 months, or if you don't have a photo card licence, you'll need an International Driving Permit - find out more here.
  • A GB sticker on the back of your car - even if your car has 'Euro-plates' (number-plates that show a circle of 12 stars on a blue background).
  • Your motor insurance certificate.
  • Two warning triangles inside the car in case you break down.
  • Headlamp converters (stickers you put on your headlights when you're driving on the right, so your lights don't dazzle motorists coming the other way).
  • A first aid kit.
  • A fire extinguisher.
  • An 'A' category standard motorbike licence to hire motorcycles over 50cc - if you have an 'A1' category light motorcycle licence you can only hire bikes below 50cc.

You must also:

  • Be 18 or over –17 if the car you're driving isn't registered in Turkey.
  • Make sure everyone in the car wears a seatbelt at all times.
  • Wear a crash helmet if you're riding a motorcycle.

It's a good idea to have:

  • Spare bulbs for your car's external lights.
  • A Green Card valid for both the European and Asian parts of Turkey - it's a useful back-up to your motor insurance documents and shows you've got the minimum legal level of cover. If you'd like to find out more, contact your insurance company.

Other things you should know:

  • You will have to pay tolls for some motorways.
  • Petrol (leaded and unleaded), diesel and LPG are readily available.
  • The speed limit is 50kph in built-up areas, 90kph on open roads and 120kph on motorways.
  • If you're caught committing a driving offence, you'll be given an on-the-spot fine.
  • The drink driving limit is zero – so there must be no alcohol in your blood when driving.
  • You must use dipped headlights during the day, when driving through Turkey.
  • You shouldn't use your horn except in cases of extreme danger.
  • Children under age 12 can't sit in the front.
  • If you're driving at night, or in rural areas, watch out for livestock or unlit farm vehicles.
  • If you have an accident, you need to call the police and get an accident report from them.

Useful guides and maps

Michelin Motoring Atlas: Europe

 

 

Sources Foreign & Commonwealth Office, www.nationaldrivesafe.co.uk.
Disclaimer: RAC are not responsible for the content of external websites. The information provided is correct as of May 2016 to the best of our knowledge and should be referred to for information purposes only - it should not be relied upon as formal advice. Please always check the current requirements of the country you are visiting before you leave.
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