Driving Cars and Bikes

An introduction to driving a car or motorbike in Turkey, an overview of the main road rules and regulations, and details on the safety items which you must always carry in a vehicle...

The minimum age to drive a car in Turkey is 18 years. Drivers must have a valid driving licence and be 18 years or older. Distances in Turkey are measured in kilometres. Road signs are in Turkish; in some tourist or urban areas, road signs may be in English.

Rules and Regulations

  • Drive on the right in Turkey
  • It is compulsory to wear a seat belt front and rear (if fitted)
  • Mobile cellular telephones may not be used while driving except with a "handsfree" system
  • It is compulsory to carry a driving licence, car registration papers and insurance document
  • Third party insurance is compulsory
  • Motorcyclists and passengers must wear a helmet
  • Dipped headlights should be used in the daytime if visibility is poor
  • The Traffic Police must be called in the event of an accident where there are injuries or death, Tel: 155
  • Children under the age of 12 may not travel in the front passenger seat
  • The use of horns/hooting is forbidden in towns after 22:00 until sunrise

Compulsory equipment

The following items must be carried in the vehicle at all times:

  • Two warning triangles
  • Fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit

When stopped by police, drivers should be able to present their valid driving licence, valid vehicle registration documents, and proof of insurance.

  • For further information about compulsory equipment: Click here (in Turkish)