Destination Guide to Turkey

Car Hire and Driving Tips

Hiring a car is a great way to see the stunning local coastline, beaches and historical sites.

Driving and Road Safety

Please take care when crossing roads or negotiating traffic, as driving is not to the same standard as in the UK and obviously driving is on the right, not on the left! This is especially important during the first couple of days after you have arrived.

Driving is a great way to explore but can be a bit of an experience! Please refer to the ‘Driving Tips’ on the following pages which outline local driving regulations and other safety tips – please read this before you set off.

The following tips should help you as you drive around:

Car Collection

  • 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 driver’s licence and passport on signing for the car. Two drivers may be named for each vehicle.
  • A credit card impression may be taken on signing the rental agreement. This will be held against any accident charges.

Legal Requirements

  1. Drivers must be a minimum of twenty one years’ of age (twenty five for a jeep) with two years driving experience.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. Fully comprehensive insurance in Turkey excludes damage to lights, windscreens and tyres.
  1. 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 (Traffic Police) stop cars as a matter of routine and you will be expected to produce this documentation.

  1. It is compulsory to wear front seat belts and advisable to use rear seatbelts too, if they are fitted.
  1. 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 checkpoints 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 fine can be £50+.
  1. The legal drink-drive limit is 1 small beer, or 1 glass of wine. However as these can vary in size we would advise you not to drive at all after consuming any alcohol.

Parking

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 Fethiye parking spaces are marked out all the way along the one way system in and out of the town. Once you have found a space you can leave the car and on your return you will find a ticket on your windscreen that has recorded when you arrived. You need to look for a person in an orange jacket and he will come and tell you how much you owe. It is normally around 50Kurus per half an hour.

In villages and rural areas it is reasonably safe to presume one may park almost anywhere.

Fuel

It is always best to check what type of fuel your hire car takes before driving it away. Most cars take 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, similarly if the car is returned with excess fuel a refund cannot be made.

Petrol stations are plentiful in the towns and along major roads. Many of them serve refreshments, have toilet facilities and car washes.

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!

For further information about drives and walks in the area please speak to your host who can provide detailed itineraries for you.