Travelling by car in Croatia has become more and more popular. There are millions of people come to the country each year. In the aspect of motorway, the infrastructure in Croatia is among the best in Europe. Nowadays, the system of motorway connects the main area of the country in the southern and the highway No.1 stretches from Zagreb to Ploce (about 140 kilometers northwards of Dubrovnik). The highway No.6 connects Zagreb and Rijeka. The Istrian highway will be soon completed. In order to make it easy for you to travel, we would like to suggest a few things before you visit Croatia by car.
You would need to bring the green insurance card as well as proof of ownership of the vehicle you are driving. No need to say that a valid driving licence is required.
Driving around in Croatia:
The driving stile in Croatia is a bit more aggressive the most people are used to, but it is not as bad as in France or Italy.
During summer months there is lots of police on the roads, so stick to the speed limits otherwise you could be in for an unpleasant surprise. If you should get stop and have to pay a fine, remember to ask for a receipt. Another reason for sticking to the speed limits, is the road conditions, especially the smaller road can be quite bumpy.
The Alcohol limit in Croatia is 0.5 per mil, it is advisable even to drive with 0 per mil as alcohol always makes it more difficult in case you should be involved in a car accident. In the evening police is often standing on the smaller roads, checking peoples alcohol limit.
Do not park too illegally, there is lots of tow cars circling the city centres during the summer months.
Driving your car to Croatia cost more then just the gas you spend, depending on which travel route you choose, you might pass through Austria and almost certainly also through Slovenia, for both countries a road vignette is required to drive on the highway, the vignette for Austria can be bought in gas stations before you get to the Austrian border, the Slovenian vignette you would have to buy when you enter Slovenia. The price for the vignette depends on the validity period of the vignette purchases, prices start from 7.50 for a one week vignette for Slovenia and 7.90 for a 10 days vignette for Austria.
If you enter, and drive on the motorway in Croatia, you will have to pay a distance dependent road tax, the road tax is charged when you exit the motorway. A trip from the Slovenian border to e.g. Split cost about 23 Euro (One way).
Involved in Car accident:
If one get involved in traffic accident it is important to call the police, if possible do not move the vehicle before police arrive, as they will document the accident, which is quite important in relation to insurance issues. If help is required, call your countries embassy or consulate for assistance, they should have contact person in the major tourist areas.
Other important issues:
The Croatian car club HAK (Hrvatske Auto club) can assist if you need tow car or road assistance anywhere in Croatia. HAK also have a hotline where you can get information about road and traffic conditions.
Morten Smalby is a serial Expat living and working in Croatia, where we among others offer vacation rentals along the Croatia coast at http://www.vacationrentalsincroatia.com, with more then 200.000 km on the Croatia roads we have seen more or less everything there is to see in Croatia
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