Living in Turkey? Then you need to either apply for a Turkish driving license or you can keep your UK license as long as your passport is stamped that you leave Turkey every 6 months, most people either visit their homeland or take a day trip to Kos for example. This is correct at the time of writing this Blog October 2017 because as we know the rules and regulations in Turkey tend to change fairly often! It’s also fair to say that having eyes in the back of your head is also helpful, after driving in Turkey now for over 14 years I have witnessed some very funny moments not necessarily dangerous events!
Driving in Turkey can be a little intimidating at first for example when a car wants to overtake they generally beep the horn and flash their headlights at you, it’s not aggressive they are letting you know they are there. Some locals have a tendency to drive in the middle of the road, all you need to do is beep to let them know you are there and they will pull over to the right to let you overtake. They don’t use their indicators very often so my advice would be to always leave a safe distance between you and the car in front. In my experience, there seems to be two speeds here in Turkey either fast or slow so just be aware of your surroundings and drive accordingly.
One of my greatest joys which make life a little easier is when you go for petrol there are forecourt attendants that fill your car for you and more often than not give your windscreen a bit of a clean. All you need to ask for is gas, diesel or benzene (petrol) there is a sticker next to your petrol cap which indicates to them what your car needs. Gas is commonly used in Turkey although not for rental cars. You can pay by cash or credit card.
Handy hints for you whilst driving in Turkey.
Driving is on the right so overtake on the left.
Before driving, put on your seat belt and ensure you have your driving licence, passport/residency visa and car rental agreement or insurance documents with you in the car at all times.
Extra care at roundabouts, traffic lights and junctions are especially needed.
If there are no signs or signals saying otherwise, the right of passage at crossroads is from your right side, you must give way to traffic coming from the right.
Speed limits are on traffic signs along the roads though not on all roads.
50 kilometres per hour in built up areas / 90 kilometres per hour on open roads / 120 kilometres per hour on motorways.
Please adhere to speed limits, police issue fines if you are caught speeding and if you pay them immediately (at the tax office) they will usually give you a discount.
All that is left to say is “happy and safe driving”