Traffic laws in Russia

Expats in Russia often find driving in the city a major factor as they adjust to life in their new home. Russian roads are big and busy, and there is heavy traffic congestion. Keep calm in traffic; Russian drivers are used to bad traffic, and tend not to get frustrated with it. It’s common to see people eating, putting on makeup, reading, using their phones, and even flirting while stuck in traffic.

Some laws to be aware of are that drivers must be at least 18 years old.

Crossing a double white line is prohibited.

Turning right on a red light isn’t permitted without a green arrow light.

It is illegal to pick up hitchhikers.

Driving a dirty car, especially when the license plate is covered by mud, can result in a fine.

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