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Driving in Veszprem

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

1. Understanding the Driving Culture

Driving in Veszprem is generally safe and straightforward. The roads are well-maintained and the traffic rules are strictly enforced. However, Hungarian drivers are known for their aggressive driving style, so it’s important to stay alert and cautious at all times. Also, be aware that the speed limits are strictly enforced, and there are many speed cameras throughout the city.

2. Car Recommendation

As for the type of car, it really depends on your personal needs and preferences. If you plan to do a lot of city driving, a smaller, more fuel-efficient car might be a good choice. If you plan to travel outside the city or have a large family, a larger vehicle or SUV might be more suitable. It’s also worth noting that manual transmission cars are more common in Hungary, so if you’re not comfortable driving stick, you might want to look for a car with an automatic transmission.

3. Parking in Veszprem

Finding parking in Veszprem can be challenging, especially in the city center. Most parking spaces are metered, and the cost can add up quickly. However, there are also several parking garages and lots where you can park for a flat rate. It’s also worth noting that many residential areas require a resident parking permit, so if you’re living in the city, you might want to look into getting one.

4. Driving with an International License

Foreigners can drive in Hungary with an international driving permit (IDP) for up to one year. After that, you will need to obtain a Hungarian driver’s license. It’s important to note that an IDP is not a standalone document, but rather a translation of your home country’s driver’s license, so you will need to carry both your IDP and your original driver’s license when driving.

5. Obtaining a Hungarian Driver’s License

To obtain a Hungarian driver’s license, you will need to pass a written test and a practical driving test. The written test is available in several languages, including English. You will also need to complete a medical examination. It’s recommended to take a few driving lessons to familiarize yourself with the local driving rules and conditions before taking the tests.

6. General Tips for Driving in Veszprem

Always wear your seatbelt and ensure all passengers are also buckled up. Do not use your mobile phone while driving unless you have a hands-free system. Be aware of pedestrians, especially in the city center where there are many pedestrian zones. Also, keep in mind that it’s illegal to drive with a blood alcohol level of more than 0.00%, so if you plan to drink, make sure you have a designated driver or use public transportation.

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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