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Driving in Iran
 
 
 

The road network in Iran is extensive, with more than 51,300km of paved roads and 490km of expressways, but the quality is unreliable. The two main roads, the A1 and A2, link the Iraqi and Pakistani borders and the Afghan and Turkish borders.

Do not underestimate the sheer chaos of Iran's traffic. The often ignored road rules state that you must drive on the right unless overtaking and give way to traffic coming on to a roundabout. Iranian drivers tend to overtake along pavements and any section of the road where there is space! Drivers frequently top 160 km/h (100 mph) on intercity highways. Laws requiring car occupants to wear seatbelts is are not always complied with. Be aware also that motorcycles are sometimes seen transporting up to five people, minus helmets!

An International Driving Permit is recommended but it is not a legal requirement. Personal insurance is required. Petrol stations can be found on the outskirts of all cities and towns and in car-filled Iran, a mechanic is never far away.

 

 
 


 



 


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