Georgia is a very special country with quite special traffic :)
Here is all information on how to drive around, what documents you will need and what rules you should know.
Driving is on the right.
The speed limit is 50-70 km/h in towns and cities. 110km/h on highways and in other areas it’s 80 km/h unless indicated.
It is compulsory to wear seat belts in Georgia.
Children under 7 years of age must sit in child safety seats.
Any license which is printed in Latin or Cyrillic alphabet is valid on territory of Georgia during one year after your arrival.
In Georgia legal age for driving is 18.
If you rent a car with us (cars4rent.ge), any driver which is 21 year’s old and has 1 year of driving experience is allowed to drive our rented vehicle and is automatically insured with all conditions listed here (link).
Any additional driver is automatically insured under same conditions only if primary driver is present in the vehicle.
There is a zero tolerance policy towards drink driving.
Main highways are mostly in good condition.
Village roads or roads to remote areas often are in bad or very bad condition, so make sure that your car is suitable for the route you are planning to drive.
We have created a road map where we have marked popular roads with their conditions.
Red roads require 4WD vehicle, suitable for off road conditions.
If possible avoid driving at night. Many roads are badly lit and of poor quality.
Stray livestock pose a hazard in many areas.
Heavy rain, flooding and snow at higher altitudes often affect roads and bridges making travel difficult or impossible (particularly in remote areas). Landslides are also common. If you are travelling outside of Tbilisi, make sure your vehicle is suitably equipped.
Keep in mind that's some areas like Tusheti Region or village Shatili in Khevsureti Region cannot be accessed in winter time. Road usually opens From May till late October.
Other Drivers, Pedestrians & Animals
Once again expect stray livestock animals, mostly cows and sheep to rest or walk on any road outside the cities. Pedestrians in the cities are also not very trustworthy :)
Honking is very common practice between drivers - so don't be surprised if you hear a lot of beeps and honks and feel free to use one whenever necessary - there are no restrictions concerning that.
There are parking areas in Tbilisi (City Park - painted on the streets).
All our vehicles have free unlimited parking in any city parking.
In other cities parking should not be a problem as well.
Generally it's safe to park any car anywhere, Goegira is a safe country and usually cases of stealing or robbing the cars are rare, also all cars rented from cars4rent.ge come with 100% insurance.
Fuel & Prices
Petrol is cheap by European standards.
There are 3 types of petrol in Georgia: Regular (92oct), Premium (95oct), and Super (98oct).
We strongly recommend filling up the Premium (95oct) petrol in brand stations like Wissol, Rompetrol, Gulf Socar or Lukoil as our customers had various problems with fuel quality from small stations.
Petrol stations are available everywhere even in high mountain regions, so you will never need an extra fuel tank.
Usually the price of fuel varies between 60-80 Euro Cents per liter.
Average fuel tank of 4x4 vehicle is 70 liters and average fuel consumption 14 km/L so you can go through about 400 km with a full tank
In Case of Accident or Malfunction
If you rented a car with cars4rent.ge:
If you had an accident and are our customer, first thing you should do is call police: 112 and also call our hotline: +995 557 171 144.
Our representative will contact the insurance company, which will afterwards contact you.
Police, upon arrival to the accident location, will do the paperwork and if the car is drivable will let you continue the trip.
If the car is not drivable any more - the car will be replaced from our nearby offices, so this will take some time depending on your location.
Please note that all our vehicles are insured and come with:
- 100% Insurance - Vehicle, in case of an accident of your own fault
- 100% Insurance - Vehicle in case of damage by any third party
- 100% Insurance – Vehicle in case of any damage by fire, theft or any other damage caused by a third party
- 100% - Damage to a third party (no matter whose fault is the accident), in limit of $10,000
- 100% - All accessories (mirrors, glasses etc.)
- No franchise and zero deductions in any accident, theft or any other damage
Passenger Insurance - Please note, our insurance includes the vehicle insurance only, not a passenger insurance.
What we recommend is to take a good travel insurance package when you will be leaving to Georgia it usually has a better terms and coverage than any Georgian one.
|In Case of Malfunction Without an Accident|
If the malfunction happens we either repair the broken part or replace the car with another vehicle. Time needed for a car change depends on the location of the broken vehicle and closest available car.
If you haven't rented a car from our company:
The procedures are pretty much the same, except you are NOT getting a complimentary car insurance, assistance or a replacement.
In case of any accident or malfunction on the road we recommend in the first place again calling the police and then evacuative services: +995599 254 254
For malfunction you can use small auto mechanics shops on the road or services of Tegeta Motors, see their branches here.
We wish you a safe and pleasant drive! :)