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Tips for Expats Driving in Szekesfehervar

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

1. Understanding the Driving Culture

Driving in Szekesfehervar is generally safe and straightforward. The roads are well-maintained and the signage is clear. However, Hungarian drivers are known for their aggressive driving style, so it’s important to stay alert and cautious. Always follow the speed limits and traffic rules.

2. Car Recommendation

As for the type of car, it really depends on your personal preference and needs. Compact cars are recommended for city driving due to their maneuverability and fuel efficiency. However, if you plan to travel outside the city or have a large family, a larger car or SUV might be more suitable.

3. Parking Situation

Finding parking in Szekesfehervar can be challenging, especially in the city center during peak hours. However, there are several parking lots and garages available. Parking fees vary depending on the location and duration, but they are generally affordable.

4. Driving with an International License

Foreigners can drive in Hungary using an international driving permit (IDP) along with their valid home country’s driving license. This is valid for one year. After that, you will need to obtain a Hungarian driving license.

5. Obtaining a Hungarian Driving License

To get a Hungarian driving license, you will need to pass a theory test and a practical driving test. The theory test is available in English and other languages. You will also need to complete a first aid course. It’s recommended to take a few driving lessons to familiarize yourself with the local driving rules and conditions.

6. Be Aware of the Zero-Tolerance Alcohol Policy

Hungary has a zero-tolerance policy for driving under the influence of alcohol. This means that your blood alcohol content must be zero when driving. Even a small amount of alcohol can result in heavy fines, the suspension of your driving license, or even imprisonment.

7. Keep Necessary Documents Handy

Always carry your driving license, IDP (if applicable), passport, car registration, and insurance documents when driving. Hungarian police have the right to request these documents during routine checks.

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