Driving in Atyrau

Driving in a new country can be daunting. These tips offer insight into what to expect when driving in Atyrau.

1. Understanding the Driving Culture

Driving in Atyrau, like many parts of Kazakhstan, can be a challenging experience for expats. The driving culture is quite different from Western countries. Drivers can be aggressive and unpredictable, and traffic rules are not always strictly adhered to. It’s important to be alert and cautious at all times.

2. Car Recommendation

Given the road conditions in Atyrau, a 4×4 vehicle is often recommended. The roads can be rough and uneven, especially outside the city. A sturdy, reliable vehicle with good ground clearance can make driving more comfortable and safer.

3. Parking Situation

Finding parking in Atyrau can be a challenge, especially in the city center. However, parking is generally not expensive. It’s advisable to always park in designated areas to avoid fines or having your vehicle towed.

4. Driving with an International License

Foreigners can drive in Kazakhstan with an international driving permit (IDP) for up to six months. After this period, you will need to obtain a local driving license. It’s important to always carry your IDP and passport when driving.

5. Obtaining a Local Driving License

To obtain a local driving license in Kazakhstan, you will need to pass a driving test, which includes both a theory and practical exam. The test can be taken in English. You will also need to provide a medical certificate. It’s advisable to contact the local traffic police department for the most up-to-date information on the process.

6. Road Conditions

Road conditions in Atyrau can vary greatly. While main roads in the city are generally in good condition, secondary roads can be poorly maintained. Outside the city, roads can be rough and challenging, especially in bad weather. Always drive according to the conditions and be prepared for unexpected obstacles.

7. Safety Precautions

Seat belts are mandatory for all passengers in the vehicle. It’s also important to have a first-aid kit, fire extinguisher, and warning triangle in your car, as these are required by law. Avoid driving at night if possible, as poor lighting and unpredictable driving behavior can increase the risk of accidents.

Joshua WoodJoshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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