Driving in the Czech Republic
Have you budgeted a road trip on the Czech land? No problem. Here is some valuable information for driving in the Czech Republic.
As always, we recommend that you follow some basic and universal rules: always respect speed limits; avoid driving, if you have taken drugs (!!) or drank alcohol. Zero tolerance across the country, even if you drive a bike. Controls, especially on the motorway, are quite frequent.
In the event of an infringement, it is possible to pay the fines directly on the spot.
BASIC RULES FOR GUIDING IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC
In the country you drive on the right and you pass on the left. Remember to always respect the safety distance.
It is always necessary to give priority to pedestrians who cross or are about to cross a road; even if there are no pedestrian crossings on the ground.
In the event of an accident, YOU MUST ALWAYS STOP and provide assistance, where necessary. It is always preferable, on both sides, to sign the friendly statement and call the authorities.
DOCUMENTS TO GUIDE IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC
Driving license, registration certificate and valid insurance certificate. If you are driving a vehicle that is not your own, we recommend that you take a DELEGATION TO CONDUCT. This is a delegation of the vehicle owner with an authenticated signature. It is not mandatory.
To drive mopeds up to 50, you must have at least 15 years; for higher engines, the minimum age of 17 is required.
The seat belts must be fastened to all seats, front and back (if any).
In cars it is mandatory to have a triangle, a reflective jacket and a first aid kit.
From November 01 to 31 March, snow tires are mandatory on road sections with special signs.
ROADS AND SIGNS
The Czech motorway network currently covers about 1400 kilometers. Of the 18 highways, only 5 are completely terminated. The remaining ones are almost completely operational. The end of the extension works is set for the 2030. There are no toll barriers on motorways: it is compulsory to buy a mark or vignette. More info from here.
Generally, the motorways are quite busy and in good condition. The exception is represented by the D1 between Prague and Brno, a real scarecrow of motorists; perpetually in maintenance, with numerous blocks, and traffic at all hours. Pay close attention here. The D0 designates the ring highway that surrounds the Capital.
The highways are all identified by a white number on a red background. A blue signal with one or two digits, on the other hand, identifies a main road. Three numbers on a blue background, indicate the second level streets; generally, they are streets designed to relieve traffic on the main arteries. Third level roads are identified by four numbers, on a blue background.
Motorways are the most convenient and fast way to travel around the country. Except for some exceptions. The secondary roads, and third level, are less rapid and comfortable but, on the other hand, offer views and landscapes really impressive.
The speed can vary according to the climatic conditions and, therefore, we invite you to refer to the special signs along the various road sections. Unless otherwise indicated, the speed limits are as follows:
50 km / h in population centers.
90 km / h on main roads
130 km / h on the highway
DRIVING IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC WITH CHILDREN
Children up to 150cm in height, always travel on the post seats; they must be secured to the seats, adapted to their weight, and approved in compliance with the minimum safety requirements. The belts, of course, must be well connected.