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Tips for Expats Driving in Pecs

Driving in a new country can be daunting. These tips offer insight into what to expect when driving in Pecs.
Tips for Expats Driving in Pecs

1. Understanding the Driving Culture

Driving in Pecs 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 limit in urban areas is usually 50 km/h, while on highways it’s 130 km/h.

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 on exploring the countryside or going on road trips, an SUV or a car with a powerful engine might be more suitable.

3. Parking in Pecs

Finding a parking spot in Pecs 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 even a small amount of alcohol in your system can result in heavy fines, the suspension of your driving license, or even imprisonment.

7. Always Have Your Documents

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

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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