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Tips for Expats Driving in Olomouc

Driving in a new country can be daunting. These tips offer insight into what to expect when driving in Olomouc.
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1. Understanding the Driving Culture

Driving in Olomouc, like most of the Czech Republic, is generally safe and straightforward. The roads are well-maintained and the signage is clear. However, Czech drivers are known for their assertiveness, so be prepared for a more aggressive driving style than you might be used to.

2. Car Recommendation

As for the type of car, it really depends on your personal needs and preferences. If you plan on exploring the countryside or going on road trips, an SUV or a car with good ground clearance might be a good choice. For city driving, a compact car is usually more convenient due to easier parking and better fuel efficiency.

3. Parking in Olomouc

Parking in Olomouc can be a bit challenging, especially in the city center. There are parking zones with different pricing and time restrictions. It’s not overly expensive, but finding a spot can sometimes take time. There are also several paid parking lots and garages around the city.

4. Driving with an International License

Foreigners can drive in the Czech Republic with an international driving license for up to six months. After that, you will need to obtain a Czech driving license.

5. Obtaining a Czech Driving License

To get a Czech driving license, you will need to pass a driving test, which includes both a theory and a practical part. The test can be taken in Czech or English. You will also need to provide a medical certificate confirming that you are fit to drive. It’s recommended to take a few driving lessons to familiarize yourself with the local driving rules and customs.

6. General Tips for Driving in Olomouc

Always have your headlights on, even during the day. This is a legal requirement in the Czech Republic. Also, be aware that there is zero tolerance for drinking and driving. Even a small amount of alcohol can result in a hefty fine or a driving ban. Lastly, always carry a reflective vest, a warning triangle, and a first aid kit in your car, as these are also required by law.

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.

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