MORE TIPS FOR DRIVING IN POLAND
– There`s no right turn on red, unless there`s a separate right turn arrow and it`s green.
- Driving is not recommended after dark. Major motorways are of good quality but other roads may vary in quality, and especially in the summer months, these roads may be under construction. This is in addition to sharing the roads with pedestrians and bicyclists, and many roads are not well-lighted. Keep your driving to the daylight hours only.
- Be patient as you share the roadways with the many 18-wheel trucks you will encounter on your journey. It is a major east-west artery for goods and thousands of trucks pass through Poland daily.
- In rural areas, you will be sharing the roads with agricultural equipment and in some spots, even horses and buggies.
- If you want to travel to tourist destinations such as the Lake District, Gdansk, Sopot, and Zakopane in the summertime, expect heavy traffic delays as you enter these cities/regions.
- When differentiating between day and night hours when it comes to speed limits in built-up locales, night begins at 11 p.m. and day begins at 5 a.m. Note that in residential areas, the speed limit is 20 km/h (12 mph) always.
- Unless there is imminent danger for an accident, the use of the horn is prohibited and you will be ticketed if caught laying on it during a traffic jam.
- There have been incidents of thieves opening or breaking passenger-side doors and windows in slow or stopped traffic to take purses or briefcases left on the seat beside the driver. This is more common in Warsaw or Gdansk, where traffic levels are some of the most congested in the country.