Driving in Slovenia Tips
Driving In Slovenia
Slovenia is pretty easy when it comes to driving around. Road network is excellent. Rules are fairly reasonable. Nothing one hasn’t already seen in neighbouring countries. It’s good to know some of the basics if you are new to the country though, so Atet Rent A Car Ljubljana made a short Driving in Slovenia checklist for some of the most obvious questions.
Slovenia has a well-developed road network, but it just can’t swallow everything sometimes. Traffic conditions can be followed on Traffic Information Centre website. During the summer, there is an international traffic report service on Radio Slovenia. Traffic information is also available on the telephone number 1700.
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driving in slovenia requirements
Driving left or right?
When it came to taking sides on the road, Slovenia chose the right one. No English system here. Traffic moves on the right lane. You may meet lost souls driving on the wrong right side of a motorway though and it can get pretty dangerous, but there is an extensive warning system and many accidents prevented because of it.
SPEED LIMITS IN SLOVENIA
- 50 km/h in populated areas,
- 90 km/h outside populated areas
- 110 km/h on dual carriageways
- 130 km/h on motorways
Use of safety belts is mandatory to all passengers.
Between 15 November and 15 March winter equipment is required.
Gas prices in Slovenia
Gas is not the cheapest in Slovenia, but it's not the most expensive either. Compare gas prices across Europe on AMZS - Slovenian national automobile association.
There were some angry people leaving Slovenia after being fined for not having a vignette on motorways.
So be advised.
There is no pay toll for a motor vehicle with a maximum mass below 3,500 kg you pay toll, but you have to acquire a sticker (vignette) and put it on your windshield.
You can purchase it on gas stations.
Atet Rent A Car Ljubljana customers pay 2 Euros per day for vignette or maximum 14 euros if they make an online reservation.
That doesn’t mean pay toll doesn’t exist in Slovenia anymore. There is a toll payment systems on Slovenian motorways for motor vehicles above 3,500 kg.
Check DARS - Motorway Company in the Republic of Slovenia for toll prices and more info.
Road traffic offences are punishable. One can either be fined, prohibited of driving a motor vehicle or given penalty points. Don't drive too fast, without a safety belt or under an influence of alcohol. Not that we Slovenians are angels.
As far as driving is concerned, we are pretty much guilty of everything mentioned above and much more and we know all too well the accumulation of 18 or more penalty points will automatically render driving licence invalid. In the case of first revocation of a licence, one may apply for a new document after six months. And yeah, don’t disrespect Slovenian policemen.
Drink driving limit in Slovenia
Drunk driving can get you in a lot of trouble in Slovenia. Legal drink drive limit is 50 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood or 0.24 milligrams of alcohol per litre of exhaled air. The law is even tougher on beginners or professional drivers. They are under zero tolerance policies.
Not a slightest amount of alcohol may be present in their body. Authorities may place you under custody for minimum 6 and up to 12 hours in case of drunk driving. They may also temporarily take away your driver’s license.
Studies show about a third of driving accidents in EU are alcohol abuse-related. That’s about 17 thousand death casualties, almost half are younger than 24 and around two-thirds are between 15 and 34 years of age. According to Slovenia’s Ministry of health, there were a least 1.3 billion euros of damage because of alcohol related driving accidents and 1700 people died between 1991 and 2005 in Slovenia alone.
Atet Rent A Car Ljubljana is very proud of our customers drink driving record. We haven’t dealt with such an offence yet.
SLOVENIA Driver’s license
Holder of a driver’s license may drive the same categories of motor vehicles in Slovenia for a year.
Don't forget that and miss the date.
If one year has already passed since one's arrival to Slovenia, then a driver's education course and a driving theory exam must be passed as well.
One may apply for the exchange of his driving license after six months. If you are not a citizen of EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Croatia or Switzerland a practical and medical exam must be passed.
If you do not have a driver's license from another European Union member state, then you do not need to obtain an international license in order to drive in Slovenia. To obtain an International Driver's License in your home country, contact your local Automobile Association office.
Minimum driving age in Slovenia for a motor vehicle with a maximum authorised mass not exceeding 3,500 kg and designed and constructed for the carriage of no more than eight passengers is 18 years.
And yeah, you must be 18 and have a valid license if you want to drive a car in Slovenia.
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