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Driving in Brno

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

1. Understanding the Driving Culture

Driving in Brno, like most of Europe, is on the right-hand side of the road. The city is well-connected with highways and roads, but traffic can be heavy during peak hours. Czech drivers are generally disciplined and follow traffic rules strictly. However, they can also be fast and aggressive, so it’s important to stay alert and cautious.

2. Car Recommendation

Compact cars are recommended for driving in Brno due to the narrow streets, especially in the city center. Smaller cars are also easier to park. However, if you plan to travel outside the city frequently, a larger car may be more comfortable.

3. Parking Situation

Finding parking in Brno can be challenging, especially in the city center. There are paid parking zones, and the cost varies depending on the location. It’s advisable to use public transportation or walk when going to the city center. Many residential areas require a parking permit, so check the regulations in your area.

4. Driving with an International License

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

5. Obtaining a Czech Driving License

To get a Czech driving license, you need to pass a theory test and a practical driving test. The tests are available in multiple languages, including English. You also need to provide a medical certificate confirming you are fit to drive. It’s advisable to take a few driving lessons to familiarize yourself with the local driving rules and conditions.

6. Speed Limits and Traffic Rules

Speed limits in the Czech Republic are strictly enforced. The general speed limit is 50 km/h in urban areas, 90 km/h outside urban areas, and 130 km/h on highways. Seat belts are mandatory for all passengers, and using a mobile phone while driving is prohibited. Also, headlights must be on at all times, even during the day.

7. Winter Driving

Winter tires are mandatory in the Czech Republic from November 1 to March 31. The roads can be slippery during winter, so drive carefully. Also, make sure your car is equipped with necessary winter equipment like a snow brush and ice scraper.

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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