There are extremely strict drink-driving laws in place in Cappadocia. For solo drivers, the blood alcohol limit is 0.5 milligrams per millilitre. However, drivers who have passengers in the car must have no alcohol whatsoever in their bloodstream to be able to drive legally. Anyone caught driving over the legal limit can face fines of up to 1,400 ₺ (£120).
Passengers driving in Cappadocia are required to have two warning triangles in their vehicle, in case of emergency or breakdown. You are also required to have headlight converters in your car, to prevent you from dazzling other road users. You should also carry a first-aid kit with you when you are on the road. When you hire a car, check that it is equipped with these items before you travel.
If you are travelling with children in Cappadocia, be aware that children under the age of 12 and under 150 cm in height are not allowed to sit in the front seat. Children under 150cm must also be equipped with a properly fitted child’s seat and restraint. Many car hire companies offer car seats for an additional charge when you book. Children who are under 12 but taller than 150cm should still be seated in the back of the car but can use an adult seat belt as long as it fits them correctly.
When driving in Cappadocia, it is important to remember that regional speed limits are signposted in kilometres rather than in miles. Generally, three speed limits apply across varying areas in Cappadocia. In urban areas, the speed limit is usually around 50Kph. Meanwhile, on country roads, this goes up to 90Kph and up to 120Kph on motorways. In miles, this is equivalent to 30mph in towns, 55mph on country roads, and 75mph on motorways.
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FAQs about hiring a car in Cappadocia
Cappadocia has well-maintained roads and generally smooth driving terrain. There are plenty of roadside gas stations in most areas, so you don’t need to worry about running out of fuel. If you are exploring the city in your hire car, be aware that some historical urban areas have only very narrow roads, which can make turning and manoeuvring difficult. You should also be aware that traffic lights are situated very close to junctions on Cappadocian roads. This means that, if you pull up too close to the line at the traffic lights, you may obscure the light for the drivers behind you. Try to leave a decent distance when you pull up at traffic lights to avoid this.
There are high-speed tolls (HGS) in operation on all of Turkey’s main roads and motorways. Many rental vehicles in Cappadocia are fitted with an automatic toll collection machine that keeps track of the high-speed areas you pass through. As you drive into a toll booth, you should slow your speed down to 30kph as this will allow the automated metre to log the toll for you. You will then pay the total charge to your rental branch when you return your car at the end of your trip. Although these toll booths are numerous in and around Cappadocia, they are not very expensive. For example, passing through a toll booth usually costs around 2-3 ₺ (less than £1).
British visitors to Cappadocia must obtain an International Driver’s Permit before they can legally hire a car or drive on the road. International Driver’s Permits can be purchased for around £10-£15 and should be acquired in advance of your trip to Turkey. When you are driving around in Cappadocia, make sure that you have both your IDP and your British licence. You will need to present both to the authorities if you are pulled over for any reason. Drivers must also be over the age of 21 to legally hire a car in Cappadocia. Some rental companies will only lease vehicles to drivers aged 26 or over. However, some car hire firms available in Cappadocia offer rentals to younger drivers, usually for an additional surcharge. When you go to collect your vehicle, make sure you have your passport, your British driver’s licence, and your IDP with you. You should also take your credit or debit card to make your purchase.
Compact (Ford Focus or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Cappadocia.